Finnair launching non-stop A350 flights to Los Angeles

Fifth US gateway for Helsinki-based carrier

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Finnair will introduce thrice-weekly flights to Los Angeles, California, effective 31 March 2019 as part of the airline’s continuing growth strategy. The route to Los Angeles will be Finnair’s first US route to be regularly operated with the new Airbus A350 aircraft.

Finnair is also making some additions to its summer program for the San Francisco and Chicago route; both routes will begin in April and a fourth frequency will be added for San Francisco as of May. With these changes, Finnair will now offer a daily flight to California during the summer season with the thrice-weekly flight to Los Angeles and the addition of a fourth weekly service to San Francisco.

Finnair A350 XWB © Timothee Savoure

Helsinki’s geographical location means Finnair’s new northern route to Los Angeles will offer competitive and convenient travel times for customers from Scandinavia, the Baltics, Russia and Northern Germany as well as domestic routes in Finland.

“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,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair. “We are confident that this new route to Los Angeles will garner the same level of interest moving forward.”

Los Angeles will be Finnair’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 and 30 minutes to Helsinki.

The new route will be operated within the Atlantic joint business between Finnair, American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. Currently, the four airlines operate over 100 daily return flights between Europe and North America.

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