Finnair Introduces Helsinki – San Francisco Route As Seasonal Service Effective June 1st 2017

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The Finnish flag carrier Finnair has announced an seasonal expansion of their U.S. destinations and will serve San Francisco starting in summer (June 1st) of the coming year.

finnair-a350-sfoThe route will be served three times a week with Airbus A330-300 aircraft and is schedule to operate until the end of September.

Finnair explores additional options in the U.S. market with the addition of this service even though it is a very short operational schedule with only four months and just three flights a week.

The USA Today (access here) had an informational piece on it yesterday.

Finnair will make San Francisco its fourth U.S. destination.

The carrier will launch seasonal nonstop service to its hub in Helsinki on June 1. Finnair will fly three flights a week on Airbus A330-300 jets. The flights will operate Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays through the end of September. …

Finnair’s San Francisco-bound flight is scheduled for 9 hours, 20 minutes while the return to Finland is scheduled for 11 hours, 45 minutes.

The last new U.S. route launched by Finnair came in 2015, when the carrier began nonstop service between Chicago O’Hare and Helsinki. That seasonal service between with three weekly flights in 2015 but was expanded to five weekly flights for the summer 2016 schedule.

Finnair offers year-round service between Helsinki and New York JFK and Miami.

The flight times from Helsinki to SFO are very favorable but the return seems to be pretty long. 2:25h more than the inbound flight?

Finnair has established itself for travelers from all over Europe as a reliable carrier to connect to Asian destinations with Helsinki being a convenient gateway for the flights over the ‘fast northern route’ as Finnair advertises it.

Conclusion

I’m not sure about this half hearted expansion but maybe Finnair is just testing out the waters at first without committing too much capacity.

It’s been a while since I have flown the carrier personally but friends and business partners tell me they were satisfied with the service and the product overall. They apparently still have some planes with an old Business Class product though I wouldn’t expect this to be used on the SFO route, especially not roughly a year from now.

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