Published: 2012-11-28 01:00:00 CET
Finnair Plc
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Finnair to open direct route to Hanoi in summer 2013

Finnair Plc  Stock Exchange Release   November 28, 2012 at 02:00 EET

Finnair will begin flying to Hanoi in Vietnam in summer 2013, continuing the airline’s strategic focus on traffic between Asia and Europe. Subject to regulatory approvals, Finnair will become the only European airline to offer a direct connection from Europe to the dynamic capital of Vietnam with a population of 6.5 million. Starting on June 14, Finnair will begin service to Hanoi from its hub in Helsinki with three frequencies per week. From Helsinki, Finnair offers connections to more than 60 European destinations.

The Hanoi route will be operated during the summer schedule season, which lasts until Oct 27.  Finnair is represented in Vietnam by its partner East Sea Travel & Air Service Group.

“We are delighted to be able add Hanoi as our 12th destination in Asia,” says CEO Mika Vehviläinen. “This is yet another important step for Finnair toward our long-term goal of doubling our Asian revenue by 2020."

As a centre of higher education and R&D in the region, Hanoi is forecasted to have the world’s fastest growing economy between the years 2008-2025 (source:  PricewaterhouseCoopers). The city is also noted for its historic Old Quarter, French colonial architecture, and pilgrimage site Chua Huong, a network of Buddhist temples and shrines carved out of the limestone hills and tropical forests around Huong Mountain. Near Hanoi is Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its thousands of limestone isles.

Finnair has built on its Asian strategy during the past two decades, taking advantage of the geographical position of its Helsinki hub on the shortest routes between the great cities of Asia and more than 60 European destinations. The airline's service and timetables are also optimised for transfer traffic. In addition to Hanoi, Finnair operates to Bangkok, Beijing, Chongqing, Delhi, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

About Finnair
Finnair (www.finnair.com) is specialised in fast connections between Europe and Asia via Helsinki. The airline carries more than eight million passengers annually and connects 12 cities in Asia with more than 60 destinations in Europe. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, operates a modern fleet and is the first airline named to the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. Finnair has also won Skytrax’s World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past three years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld, the leading quality airline alliance.

Further information: Finnair Media Desk, +358 9 818 4020, comms(at)Finnair.com

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