Japan Airlines celebrates 10 years at Helsinki Airport

Evening view of Helsinki Airport
Photo Credit: Helsinki Airport
Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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On July 1, 2023, Helsinki Airport marked Japan Airlines’ 10-year involvement with the airport in a celebration.

This special occasion marked a decade of strong cooperation between Japan Airlines and Finavia, the organization responsible for the operation and development of Finland’s airports.

The festivities took place at the departure gate, where guests, passengers, and airline representatives gathered to commemorate this significant milestone.

A Decade of Successful Cooperation

The 10th anniversary of Japan Airlines’ Helsinki–Tokyo connection was a testament to the highly effective cooperation between the airline and Finavia.

Petri Vuori, Senior Vice President of Sales and Route Development at Finavia, expressed his pride in the development of relationship between Finland and Japan through this partnership.

“At Finavia, we are proud to have contributed to developing smooth connections and cultural ties between Finland and Japan. This milestone is another example of our active efforts to promote Finland’s international connectivity,”


Japan Airlines currently operates direct flights from Helsinki Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport five days a week. This convenient air link has not only facilitated travel but also enhanced the connectivity between Europe and Asia.

The presence of His Excellency Fujimura Kazuhiro, the Ambassador of Japan to Finland, further highlighted the significance of the Helsinki-Tokyo route in fostering strong ties between the two regions.

Dignitaries’ Insights

During the event, several distinguished individuals shared their insights and appreciation for the collaboration. Ross Leggett, Senior Vice President of Route Marketing at Japan Airlines, emphasized the importance of the Helsinki-Tokyo route for both business and leisure travelers.

Fredrik Wildtgrupe, Senior Vice President of Alliances & Airlines Partnerships at Finnair, acknowledged the fruitful partnership between Japan Airlines and Finavia, which has contributed to the growth and development of the aviation industry.

Bridging Cultures at Helsinki Airport

The celebration at Helsinki Airport brought together elements of Japanese traditions and Finnish culture. The graceful Sakura Queens, representing Japanese traditions, delighted attendees with their elegant presence.

Guests were treated to intricately served Japanese delicacies, providing a taste of Japan’s rich culinary heritage. Additionally, passengers had the opportunity to try their hand at origami, a popular Japanese art form that involves paper folding.

Finnish culture was showcased through the beloved Moomin characters. Moomintroll, Little My, and Snufkin, who hold a special place in the hearts of Moominvalley enthusiasts in Japan, greeted passengers and wished them a pleasant journey.

This fusion of Japanese and Finnish cultural elements exemplified the harmonious bond between the two nations.

A Farewell Tradition

As a traditional gesture in the aviation industry, the departure of Japan Airlines‘ anniversary flight was honored with an impressive water greeting.

This ceremonial display involved two fire trucks creating a majestic arc of water above the aircraft as it taxied towards the runway. The water greeting served as a symbolic farewell, wishing the passengers a safe and pleasant journey to Tokyo.

Photo Credits: Helsinki Airport

The 10-year celebration of Japan Airlines’ journey at Helsinki Airport was a testament to the fruitful cooperation between the airline and Finavia.

This milestone highlighted the development of smooth connections, cultural exchange, and increased international connectivity between Finland and Japan.

The event’s diverse range of activities, including the representation of Japanese traditions and Finnish culture, created a memorable experience for all attendees.

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