The Finnair SkyWheel opened on 3 June 2014 in Katajanokka harbour in central Helsinki, not far from where Finnair first based its flight operations (as Aero Oy) in the 1920s.
The 40-metre observation wheel is equipped with 30 climate-controlled blue-and-white gondolas for
year-round operation, including one special VIP cabin featuring a glass floor, leather seats and Veuve Clicquot champagne service. One trip on the Finnair SkyWheel lasts 15 minutes, while a ride in the VIP cabin lasts approximately 25 minutes.
“This summer the Finnair SkyWheel will take thousands of visitors on a scenic tour above the rooftops of Helsinki,” said Jarkko Konttinen, Finnair’s Vice President, Marketing and Product Development.
“We are proud to be associated with Helsinki’s newest landmark, which also has a special connection to our own history.”
On 8 June, all Finnair Plus members have the opportunity to board the Finnair SkyWheel free of charge between 9.00am and 4.00pm. At other times, Finnair Plus members are eligible for a discounted single admission price of EUR9 (normal price EUR12). The VIP cabin seats up to four and can be booked for a flat fee of EUR195, inclusive of a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne.
Finnair is specialised in fast connections between Europe and Asia via Helsinki. The airline carries more than eight million passengers annually and connects 13 cities in Asia with more than 60 destinations in Europe. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, operates a young, modern fleet and is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. The only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past four years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld, the alliance of the world's leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.