Finnair has been named Best International Airline – Off-Line Carrier for the fifth consecutive year in the prestigious AFTA National Travel Industry Awards for 2017.

These annual awards acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of individuals and product within the Australian travel and tourism industry over the last 12 months.

Nominations came from across the industry with winners voted on by Australian travel agents.

Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone, accepted the award for the airline at a glittering dinner in Sydney on Saturday (22 July) where he was joined by team members from throughout Australia and Finnair’s Area Vice-President Asia & Oceania, Jonne Lehtioksa who flew in from Helsinki for the occasion.

“I am so proud to accept this award on behalf of a wonderful group of colleagues who continue to represent Finnair with such professionalism and dedication,” Mr Stone said.

“And we all join in thanking our industry partners all of whom are so supportive of Finnair and continue to connect our passengers to the many destinations on our international network”.

“Thank you also to Airline Marketing Australia, which represents Finnair in Australia and with whom we have enjoyed a long relationship and seen a significant increase in business from this important market for the airline”.

Mr Stone said the win was a “great thrill as we lead into the celebrations to mark Finland’s 100 years of independence in December in which Finnair will be a proud participant”.

Finnair offers excellent connections from Australia with oneworld partners and flies between Asia/North America and Europe with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki.

Finnair carries more than nine million passengers annually and connects 17 cities in Asia and 3 cities in North America with more than 60 destinations in Europe.

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