Finnair has reported strong sales growth in the Australian market for January to March 2018.
Finnair Corporate Sales Manager and Acting General Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen said ticketed revenue was up 43% compared to Q1 last year, much of which can be attributed to a further increase in business class sales.
“Forward bookings for the rest of this year are building and we are already looking at exceeding our successes of last year,” said Ms Ruuskanen.
“We can really see the impact the new modern fleet of A350s has had on Finnair’s sales and customer satisfaction levels and, going into the European Summer, we are on board with a record 97 weekly flights to Asia, including our new Nanjing flights and more than 100 destinations in Europe, with new scheduled services to Lisbon, Bergen, Tromso and Stuttgart.”
Meanwhile Finnair posted its 14th consecutive quarter of growth with a profit of nearly 4 million Euros from January through March.
Traffic continued to grow in Finnair’s main markets in the first quarter of 2018. Measured in available seat kilometres, scheduled market capacity between Helsinki and Finnair’s European destinations increased by 8.3 per cent (2.8), while direct market capacity between Finnair’s Asian and European destinations grew by 8.6 per cent (2.2) year-on-year.
Finnair plans on increasing its capacity by more than 15 per cent in 2018, with most of this growth coming in the first half of the year. Passenger volume is expected to grow broadly in line with capacity while revenue growth is expected to be slightly lower.
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 was named Best International Airline – Offline in the prestigious 2017 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards for the fifth consecutive year and is nominated again for 2018.