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Finnair A350 (photo: © Thorbjørn Brunander Sund, danishaviationphoto.com)

Finnair piles on more frequencies to Asia

The airline continues to build capacity on its routes to Tokyo, Nagoya, Hong Kong and Guangzhou, for summer 2019.

Finnair is continuing to add capacity to its Asian markets, this time for next summer including double-daily flights to Hong Kong and additional flights to Japan.

The Finnish flag carrier will add frequencies to several of its Japanese routes, boosting its capacity to Japan by 15% for the 2019 summer season.

Three weekly flights will be added to Helsinki-Osaka, meaning Finnair will now fly a total of ten weekly frequencies during the summer season, which starts on March 31.

The new schedules will now offer an alternative departure for passengers with two daily frequencies on selected days. The added frequencies depart Helsinki on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 00:45.

Building on what it says is the success of its double-daily flights to Tokyo this summer, Finnair will operate double-daily flights on the Tokyo route for the whole of next summer season and will also add a third daily flight during Japan’s Golden Week holiday.

With these changes, the airline is increasing its capacity to Tokyo by 9% compared to summer 2018.

Changing planes
Finnair is also adding capacity on its Nagoya route by flying one of its new Airbus A350-900s there from May 5 onwards instead of the A330-300. The A350-900 has 297 and 336 seats in Finnair’s two versions of the aircraft, while the A330-300s have 289 and 263 seats.

Finnair operates all of its flights to Japan in cooperation with fellow oneworld partners Japan Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. Including the “joint business” flights with Japan Airlines, the Finnish carrier will be able to offer up to 41 weekly frequencies to Japan next summer season.

More seats to China
Finnair says it will also “significantly grow” its presence in the “Greater China” area, with a 12% rise in overall capacity during the summer season, offering 42 weekly flights there.

It will fly double-daily to Hong Kong with the new A350 year-round next summer season, up from ten weekly flights this summer and 12 this coming winter.

Capacity will also rise for Guangzhou as it will also be operated with an A350, with four frequencies during the summer 2019 season, meaning a 16% increase in capacity compared to this summer.

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