Finnair will commence three weekly frequencies to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from 31 March 2019.
This will be Finnair’s first US route regularly operated with the new Airbus A350 aircraft.
Finnair Regional Manager, Australia, New Zealand & New Caledonia, Arnaud Michelin said Finnair would also be making some additions to its North American Summer program for the San Francisco and Chicago route.
Mr Michelin confirmed both routes would begin next April with a fourth frequency to be added for San Francisco in May.
With these changes, Mr Michelin said Finnair would now offer a daily flight to California during the Summer season with the new three weekly flights to Los Angeles and the new fourth weekly service to San Francisco.
Los Angeles is best known for its beautiful weather, famous beaches, and as the home of the US television and film industry, including the world-renowned Hollywood neighbourhood. It is also one of the largest business travel and cargo hubs in the United States. Thanks to Helsinki’s geographical location, Finnair’s new northern route to Los Angeles will offer competitive and convenient travel times for customers from Scandinavia, the Baltics, Russia, Northern Germany as well as domestic routes in Finland.
“We are very happy to expand our North American network and fly a new route to Los Angeles with our Airbus A350,” said Finnair Chief Commercial Officer, Juha Järvinen.
“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. 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. The joint business offers customers additional flight choices, better connections and better pricing on transatlantic routes. Currently, the four airlines operate over 100 daily return flights between Europe and North America.
Finnair offers excellent connections from Australia with oneworld partners to 19 destinations in Asia and seven in the Americas plus more than 100 Europe destinations.
Finnair has been named Best International Airline – Offline in the prestigious AFTA National Travel Industry Awards for the past six years from 2013 to 2018.