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Finnair Still Sees Asia As A Core Market For Future Growth

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Although it’s been previously reported on the unsatisfactory revenue of Finnair in the Asian market, as Finnair suffered losses in the first quarter of 2019, and some Asian routes did not turn into profit.

It is expected the operation between Helsinki and Chongqing will be cancelled this October. However, these seem to be unable to stop Finnair’s enthusiasm and long-term interests for the Asian market, and still regard this region as the core of future growth.

Topi Manner, Finnair's Newly Appointed CEO
Topi Manner, Finnair’s Newly Appointed CEO

According to media reports recently, Topi Manner, the newly appointed Finnair CEO, said that thanks to Finland’s favorable geographical position, Finnair can provide very efficient and convenient flights from Europe to China and other destinations in Asia; and these routes also contributed a large portion of passenger revenue to Finnair. Although there are some trade tensions and some unfavorable factors for the slowdown of growth in some economies this year, Finnair has seen some signs of a rebound in demand in the near future, and the Japanese market has performed well, which is in line with some recent macro indicators. A positive recovery signal is consistent.

In addition, Robert Öhrnberg, General Manager of Finnair Greater China, also revealed in an interview with the Civil Aviation Resource Network reporter in Beijing late last month that China has always been one of the most important global markets for Finnair and will be rooted and invested in it for a long time. We are willing to work with all parties to explore and dig deep into this market with an open attitude.

In fact, a series of recent actions by Finnair in the Asian market are enough to confirm the “Asia-centrism” of the above executives.

Earlier, Finnair publicly announced that in order to increase the capacity of the Beijing route, starting from November 3 this year, it will open a flight to and from Beijing Daxing International Airport (IATA code: PKX), which Finnair will operates three flights a week on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, operated by the Airbus A330 widebody aircraft. In addition to the current daily flights operated to and from Beijing Capital International Airport, the number of flights from Finnair to Beijing will increase to 10 flights per week. Finnair has thus become the first foreign airline to announce the opening of the flight service of Beijing Daxing International Airport.

At the same time, Finnair also announced that it will open flights to Busan, South Korea in the summer of 2020, and will become the first and only airline to connect between Busan and Europe. According to plan, starting on March 30 next year, Finnair will use the new Airbus A350 wide-body aircraft to operate round-trip flights between Helsinki and Busan on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

In this regard, Finnish Chief Commercial Officer Ole Orvér commented: “We are very happy to be the first European airline operating in Busan, which is a good complement to our vital Asian network. Korea is also our largest market in the world. One of which we have been operating for 11 years. Finnair is pleased to offer a new destination for our travellers and continue to grow in Asia.”

It is understood that Busan will be the 20th destination of Finnair’s network in Asia.

Of course, in addition to striving to build and consolidate the route network in Asia, Finnair has fully relied on the advantages of other partners to jointly develop the market and is an indispensable part of its strategic development in Asia. In fact, Finnair has also worked hard in this area recently and has reached a lot of cooperation.

According to the public information collected by the Civil Aviation Resource Network, in June this year, Finnair opened code-sharing cooperation with China Southern Airlines (China Southern Airlines) and Juneyao Airlines. In the same month, Finnair also cooperated with Juneyao Airlines to start the frequent flyer program cooperation.

The code-sharing cooperation between Finnair and China Southern Airlines started on June 1 this year includes the Finnair Guangzhou-Helsinki route and some of China Southern’s destination routes in China. Through the docking of the two-way network, Finnair will add five new destinations in Greater China. Finnair passengers can fly on China Southern Airlines, fly to Changsha, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Sanya, Wenzhou, Xiamen and Xi’an via Guangzhou.

Starting from June 24 this year, Finnair and Juneyao Air officially unveiled the frequent flyer program cooperation which provides mutual benefits and free award booking services for both members. Finnair has thus become the first European Airline Division of Juneyao Airways to carry out FFP cooperation.

Since June 28 this year, Finnair has added the AY code to the round-trip flight HO1607/1608 of Juneyao Air’s route between Shanghai-Helsinki. At the same time, Juneyao Airlines also added the HO code to the same route of Finnair flight AY087/088. In addition, Finnair also carries AY codes on some flights from Shanghai to Harbin, Shenyang, Dalian, Xi’an, Chongqing, Qingdao, Xiamen, Kunming, Fuzhou, Nanjing, Xi’an, Chongqing and Zhangjiajie.

Finnair is also dedicated to satisfy the passengers needs in this important market. For example, Robert Öhrnberg once told reporters that Finnair has always noticed that Asian guests, including Chinese tourists, are very advancing with the various digital technologies, so they have been striving to be as local as possible in this respect. For example, Finnair has long cooperated with China UnionPay to open the UnionPay card payment on the official website. In 2017, Finnair became the first airline in the world to use Alipay as a means of payment on board. In the future, Finnair will spare no effort to continue to do digital products and services for Asia.

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SAS Launches Transfer Testing Solutions At Copenhagen Airport

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The Chinese government recently issued new regulations that all passengers on flights to China need to undergo nucleic acid and serum IgM antibody tests in advance. The testing equipment at Copenhagen Airport will be put into use from November 16. Transit passengers need to set aside 4 hours for testing and obtain testing reports. This time is expected to be shortened to 1 hour after 2-3 weeks. Passengers who have undergone pre-boarding double-checks on flights to China at Copenhagen Airport can board directly with the negative test report. Scandinavian Airlines will continue to provide passengers with the latest news about the Copenhagen Airport testing facilities.


More flexible rebooking and cancellation for flights connecting to China

According to the new regulations, transit passengers need to undergo nucleic acid testing and serum IgM antibody testing in countries that fly directly to China, which may require extending their stay in Copenhagen, and thus need to rebook or cancel the original flight to Copenhagen. In order to facilitate passengers to accept the test on time, SAS is allowing passengers to rebook or cancel the flight to Copenhagen for free. The resulting change fee, refund fee and possible fare difference will be all exempted, that is to say, all are free. Normally, European inland segments are not allowed to be changed or cancelled individually. Please note that SAS is not responsible for other expenses incurred due to rescheduling, such as accommodation. There is no refund for cancelled connecting flights.

Extra Check-in Baggage For Students Fly From China

Scandinavian Airlines are now launching very attractive one-way tickets from China. All students departing from China who purchase SAS flight tickets in economy class only need to show a valid student ID at the airport check-in counter to check in one extra piece of luggage. This means that students travelling in economy class (except for Go Light) can carry two pieces of checked luggage, each of which must not exceed 23 kg. The free extra baggage check will be done manually at the airport check-in counter.

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