Finnair celebrates 100 years of flight services

A Finnair DC-10 in flight
Photo Credit: Finnair

Finnair, the Finnish flag-carrier, is celebrating a major milestone as it reaches its 100th year in the aviation industry. Established on November 1, 1923 as Aero, it now proudly stands as the world’s sixth-oldest airline still in continuous operation.

Over the years, Finnair has evolved from its humble Finnish roots into an iconic airline recognized globally for its distinctive ‘F’ logo on the tail fins and its stylish and contemporary Nordic service, offering travelers an exceptional experience across its extensive route network. It is also a key member of the oneworld alliance.

In this article, we take a look into Finnair’s journey, its response to recent challenges, and the remarkable ways it has adapted to maintain its reputation for excellence.

The Birth of Finnair


Finnair’s journey began modestly, carrying just 269 passengers in its first year of operation. Yet, today, it is a beloved airline with millions of dedicated customers worldwide.

This centenary is a testament to its resilience and commitment to providing top-notch services to travelers.

All Photo Credits: Finnair

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Navigating New Skies

Finnair is renowned for connecting Europe with Asia via its Helsinki hub, utilizing the shorter northern route. However, the recent closure of Russian airspace presented a unique challenge.

Despite this obstacle, Finnair in typical Nordic style quickly adapted its strategy to continue offering customers flights to destinations worldwide.

A Centenary Celebration


In honor of this remarkable achievement, Finnair has planned a spectacular takeover of its Helsinki home at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Customers will have the opportunity to partake in special celebrations throughout the day.

The centenary festivities include performances by the Finnair Singers, the airline’s choir, and virtual reality flying experiences that highlight the airline’s unique heritage. Departing customers also have the chance to participate in a raffle.

Anssi Partanen, Finnair Market Director UK & Ireland, expressed the airline’s pride in reaching this significant milestone and extended gratitude to its global customer base. He also welcomed the next generation of travelers to come aboard.

Beyond the Centenary


Finnair has solidified its position as one of Europe’s leading airlines, known for its modern Nordic style. It offers smooth and hassle-free connections to key destinations worldwide. The future holds great promise as Finnair continues to innovate and enhance the travel experience.

In the wake of its centenary, Finnair has made a massive €200 million investment in enhancing the customer experience and improving its long-haul flight product.

Recent improvements include the introduction of the AirLounge, a brand-new Business Class concept featuring an eye-catching non-reclining Business Class seat.

Additionally, a new Premium Economy cabin has been introduced, along with a refreshed Economy Class cabin and renewed service concepts, offering travelers new and delectable dining options.

Earlier this year, Finnair received the prestigious five-star airline rating from APEX, a recognition that has been consistently awarded to it as the ‘Best Airline in Northern Europe’ for the past 13 years.

Seamless Travel with Finnair


Finnair operates up to five flights a day from London Heathrow to Helsinki and offers direct flights from Edinburgh, Manchester, and Dublin to Helsinki.

Travelers can enjoy the convenience of smooth and easy transfers between flights, with connections available in as little as 35 minutes, all departing from the same terminal.

This ease of travel provides customers with straightforward access to destinations in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Happy 100th Finnair, from all at AviationSource!

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