The Finnish carrier will deploy a second widebody aircraft on its busy Helsinki-London route – and add a seventh daily frequency.
Finnair says it is adding capacity on its route between Helsinki and London Heathrow for the summer 2019 season starting on March 31.
It will add a new daily frequency to and from Heathrow, operated with an A320-family aircraft, to depart Helsinki at 11:40 and then leave London at 13:50, “providing good connection opportunities from London with Finnair’s oneworld partners”.
Finnair will also further increase its capacity on the London route by upgrading its 16:00 flight from Helsinki to London and the 18:10 return with an Airbus A330 widebody aircraft.
The change represents more than 50 additional seats per flight compared to the current A321 narrowbody flying this particular frequency.
Overall during the upcoming summer season, Finnair will operate up to seven daily flights between the two cities. With the announced changes, it will be adding 21% more capacity on the route compared to the previous summer season.
For its first flight leaving Helsinki in the morning and return flight from London, Finnair currently flies a widebody Airbus A350, meaning that “customers travelling from London via Helsinki to Finnair’s Asian destinations can now have a seamless business class experience with full-flat seats on their way to Asia and back”, the carrier says.
“Finnair’s presence in London and in the UK has been growing steadily over the past few years and we are pleased to add capacity on this important route for Finnair,” says Christian Lesjak, the airline’s senior vice president for network and resource management.
“By adding the new midday frequency and flying an additional wide-body aircraft on the route, we will be able to offer even more flexibility and network connections for our customers.”