Finnair celebrates 75 Years of connecting Amsterdam and Helsinki

A Finnair A350 with Moomin characters in the fuselage.
Photo Credit: Finnair

Today, 20 July 2023, marks the occasion of the 75th anniversary of flight operations for Finnair between Helsinki and Amsterdam.

In the world of aviation, some milestones deserve celebration, and Finnair’s 75 years of flying between its home hub in Helsinki and the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is undoubtedly one of them.

Since its inaugural flight on 20 July 1948, Finnair has been instrumental in facilitating direct travel between Amsterdam Schiphol and Finland, building a strong and enduring connection between the two nations.

The inaugural flight – 20 July 1948

Finnair’s first flight between Amsterdam and Helsinki was operated by the iconic Douglas DC-3 aircraft, a symbol of aviation history renowned for its reliability and charm.

Back then, the route was served twice a week, a modest start that laid the foundation for the enduring success of this connection.


Meeting demand: Increased frequencies

Over the years, the demand for flights between the Netherlands and Finland has grown substantially, prompting Finnair to expand its services.

Today, the route boasts an impressive twice-daily operation, connecting travelers on a more frequent and convenient basis.

A Finnair A350 with Moomin characters in the fuselage.
Photo Credit: Finnair

Celebrating 75 Years: Special-Liveried Aircraft

To commemorate this remarkable milestone, Finnair has gone the extra mile by scheduling special-liveried centenary aircraft on select flights to Amsterdam this week.

Passengers were thrilled to witness the Moomin liveried A350, OH-LWO, visiting Schiphol as AY1301 and AY1302 yesterday. Today, OH-LWR, adorned with the ‘Bringing us together since 1923’ logo, will grace the city with its presence, adding a touch of nostalgia to the celebrations.

A Finnair Airbus A350 parked on the apron.
Photo Credit: Finnair

Travelers between Amsterdam and Helsinki are now spoilt for choice, with Finnair offering an impressive 14 flights per week between the two cities.

Notably, five of these weekly flights are operated by Finnair’s long-haul aircraft, providing passengers with the comfort of lie-flat seats in Business Class.

Seamless global connections

Finnair has meticulously designed its services between Amsterdam and Helsinki to allow for effortless connections from the airline’s vast array of global destinations.

Travelers from Asia, the Middle East, and North America can now reach Amsterdam through Helsinki with ease and convenience, making Finnair an attractive choice for international travel.

Affordable fares for all

One of Finnair’s core principles is to make air travel accessible to all, and this is evident in their pricing strategy for the Amsterdam-Helsinki route.

Passengers can enjoy return fares starting from just €170 in Economy Class and €597 in Business Class, inclusive of all taxes and charges. This commitment to affordability without compromising on quality has earned Finnair a dedicated customer base.


From its humble beginnings to a robust twice-daily operation, Finnair has continuously evolved to meet the needs of its passengers. The special-liveried aircraft add a delightful touch to the celebrations, taking travelers on a nostalgic journey through aviation history.

With its extensive flight options and seamless global connections, Finnair remains a preferred choice for those traveling between Amsterdam and Helsinki. Here’s to 75 more years of connecting hearts and bridging distances!

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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