As Finland prepares to celebrate 100 years of independence on Wednesday 6 December, its flag carrier, Finnair, shared its latest developments with a select media group on Wednesday 29 November at Aria Restaurant on Sydney Harbour.
Geoff Stone, GM for Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Lilliana Svircev, Finnair Training & Product Development Manager, and Sally Morgan from Unique Tourism invited guests to a three-course sit-down lunch, offering a choice of entrées (tomato, nectarine and salted green almond; King George whiting; Kurobuta porchetta), mains (truffle-baked daikon; roasted chicken and fennel; grilled Angus beef fillet) and dessert (peach vanilla tart; Valrhona chocolate and salted caramel sphere; cheese selection).
During the presentation, Geoff was proud to announce that Finnair is currently undergoing the fastest growth phase in its 94-year history with new aircraft, new routes and a strong focus on Asia. The next quarter sees new routes added to the network – namely to Goa in India, Havana in Cuba, Puerto Vallarta in Mexico and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic – with the opening of Finnair’s seventh Greater China destination, Nanjing, planned for next year, adding up to 97 weekly flights to Asia (up from the current 87). It is also the largest European carrier operating in Japan, with 31 weekly frequencies to four cities. Finnair is part of the oneworld alliance, with Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok serving as major gateways for Australian customers. With Australia’s qualification into the World Cup Soccer tournament, Finnair would be the perfect carrier to travel to Russia next year to attend the event.
Finnair currently operates 11 Airbus A350s with eight more to come before 2023. This aircraft is helping Finnair move towards a cleaner, more collaborative future, supporting its emissions and noise reductions targets.
The official airline for Santa Claus is also preparing to release a dedicated ‘Santa’ campaign on Monday 11 December, with great pricing to Europe and around the world. In this centenary year, now is the perfect time to visit one of the world’s top ‘bucket list’ destinations and see the Northern Lights of Finnish Lapland.