Monday 29th July 2013

Finnair, Finland's national flag carrier, marked 90 years of operations this year.  On 24 March 1924 a Junkers 13 carried 162 kilos of mail from Helsinki to Tallinn in Estonia.  In its first year of operations it carried a total of 269 passengers.

The growth of the airline can be said to run parallel with the history of Finland itself.  Isolated from the rest of Europe by an unpredictable Baltic sea, access to ports were often hampered.  It needed aviation.

Finnair now serves over 60 destinations in Europe and connects over a dozen long haul hubs in Asia and north America.  The fleet consists of Embraer and Airbus types transporting nine million passengers annually.

BTNews  29 JULY 2013

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