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Finnair's increase of capacity to London for summer 2019 benefits Singapore-London traffic

Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Mon, 01/14/2019 - 05:26
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Finnair will further increase its capacity on the London route by upgauging the 16:00 flight between Helsinki and London, as well as the 18:10 flight from London to Helsinki—the most direct connecting flight from London to Singapore—with an Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft.

SINGAPORE – In line with its growth strategy, Finnair is adding capacity on its route between Helsinki and London Heathrow for the summer 2019 season starting on 31 March 2019. This move will enhance connectivity and customer comfort between London and Finnair’s 19 Asian destinations, as well as offer a truly seamless Nordic experience to and from Singapore.

Finnair will add a new daily frequency to and from London Heathrow, operated with an A320 family aircraft. Providing good connection opportunities from London with Finnair’s oneworld partners, the new flight will leave Helsinki at 11:40 and the return flight from London will depart at 13:50.

In addition, Finnair will further increase its capacity on the London route by upgauging the 16:00 flight between Helsinki and London, as well as the 18:10 flight from London to Helsinki—the most direct connecting flight from London to Singapore—with an Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft. The change will provide more than 50 additional seats per flight compared to the current A321 narrow-body aircraft.

Customers travelling from Singapore to London currently enjoy one of the shortest connection times on Finnair’s most modern fleet. The daily flight from Singapore arrives at Helsinki at 05:45, allowing customers to take advantage of the 08:00 connecting flight to London – both of which are operated on the Finnair Airbus A350 which features a superior business class, an Economy Comfort option and a total duration of 17h 25min.

The return Finnair route from London to Singapore currently clocks an even shorter total duration of 15h 10min, and will directly benefit from the upgauging of the 18:10 flight from London to Helsinki. Customers traveling from London via Helsinki to Singapore, or any of Finnair’s Asian destinations, can now have a seamless business class experience with full-flat seats on their way to Asia and back.

“London is one of our most consistent and popular destinations throughout the year, especially in summer, autumn and winter seasons,” says Sebastian Grossmann, Regional Manager for Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia at Finnair. “As it is, we already offer the convenience of short connection times via Helsinki between Singapore and London, as well as connecting A350 flights from Singapore to London. The additional widebody aircraft on the London to Singapore route will allow us to offer our customers, whichever way they fly, a truly seamless Nordic experience that is rooted in comfort.”

“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, Senior Vice President, Network and Resource Management at Finnair. “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.”

During the upcoming summer season, Finnair will operate up to seven daily flights between both cities, including two frequencies with a wide-body aircraft. With the announced changes, Finnair will be adding approximately 21% more capacity on the route compared to the previous summer 2018 season.

Finnair connects 19 cities in Asia with over 100 destinations in Europe on the fast Northern route, which is the shortest way between Europe and Asia. Finnair also recently announced the opening of three new routes to Europe for the peak summer season in 2019, as well as a new Premium Economy class for its long-haul fleet in 2021 – further enforcing its long-term commitment to increasing connectivity and customer comfort for its Asian traffic.

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