Deputy CEO: “Going via Helsinki saves four hours on average”
Finnair is preparing to launch two new routes to Asia next month but further expansion to the region is likely limited in the near future, TTG Asia reports.
The airline will start thrice-weekly flights to Xi’an and Hanoi, becoming the first European airline to connect to these cities, increasing its Asian destinations to 13. The upcoming entry into oneworld of Qatar Airways and SriLankan Airlines will also spell opportunities for Finnair to extend its reach.
However, as previously reported, expansion in Asia will be restricted until the airline starts to take delivery of its 11 Airbus A350 aircraft order in 2015. For now, the airline’s executives will not reveal what other new destinations on the company’s radar might be.
“North Asia-North Europe is the sweet spot for Finnair,” said Ville Iho, the airline’s deputy CEO. “Going via Helsinki saves four hours on average, an important consideration for business travellers.”
[photo courtesy Helsinki Airport]