The new route to LAX will be Finnair’s first to the US to regularly use the airline’s new Airbus A350.
Finnair has revealed that it will begin flying to Los Angeles next spring, with three weekly frequencies to LAX from March 31, 2019.
The new route will be Finnair’s first to the US to be regularly operated with the airline’s new Airbus A350 aircraft.
LA will be the Finnish carrier’s fifth US destination, along with New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami. The approximate flight times are expected to be 11 hours to LAX and 10 hours 30 minutes to Helsinki.
Finnair is also adding an extra frequency to San Francisco for its summer schedules, a route whose seasonal operation was recently extended, so that a fourth flight per week will be operated from May 2019.
This means the airline will now offer a daily flight to California during the summer season, including the new three-weekly route to Los Angeles and the four per week to San Francisco.
Los Angeles is “best known for its beautiful weather, famous beaches and as the home of the US television and film industry, including the world-renowned Hollywood neighbourhood. It is also one of the largest business travel and cargo hubs in the United States,” Finnair highlights.
The new route will be operated within the Atlantic joint business between Finnair, American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. This is designed to offer additional flight choices, better connections and better pricing on transatlantic routes. The four airlines operate over 100 daily return flights between Europe and North America.
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The airline adds that thanks to Helsinki’s geographical location, “the new northern route to Los Angeles will offer competitive and convenient travel times for customers from Scandinavia, the Baltics, Russia, northern Germany as well as domestic routes in Finland”.
“We are very happy to expand our North American network and fly a new route to Los Angeles with our Airbus A350,” says Juha Järvinen, chief commercial officer at Finnair.
“We opened our route to San Francisco two years ago with tremendous success, proving that California and the West Coast are very popular with our customers. We are confident that this new route to Los Angeles will garner the same level of interest.”