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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Flydubai launches first daily flights to Finland

Carrier will operate the new route on its brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8 from October

Senate Square in Helsinki, Finland. The Dubai carrier flydubai will start flights to the city from the autumn. Courtesy Visit Finland
Senate Square in Helsinki, Finland. The Dubai carrier flydubai will start flights to the city from the autumn. Courtesy Visit Finland

Dubai-based carrier flydubai will lanch a daily service from Dubai International (DXB) to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) from October 11, 2018 - the first UAE national carrier to operate direct flights to Finland and the first airline to offer a year-round service between Dubai and Helsinki.

“Helsinki is the 10th destination we announced this year as we open up destinations for passengers from across our network," said Jeyhun Efendi, senior vice president commercial operations at flydubai, at Arabian Travel Market exhibition in Dubai.

"We are confident that the high level of our service and the comfort of our new aircraft with a flat-bed in Business Class will make flights between Dubai and Helsinki a popular choice for passengers.”

To offer passengers more comfort and an enhanced travel experience, the carrier will operate the new route on its brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8. The new cabin offering features a flat-bed in Business Class and in addition to the extra space and privacy, passengers can sleep comfortably during their flight. Economy Class offers new Recaro seats, which are designed to optimise space and comfort.

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Emirates will codeshare on the Helsinki route and as part of the Emirates flydubai partnership, passengers from the hundreds of destinations spanning six continents in over 80 countries, including from the Far East and India, will have an opportunity to travel to Helsinki via Dubai. For bookings under the codeshare, Emirates passengers will receive complimentary meals and the Emirates checked baggage allowance on flights operated by flydubai in Business and Economy classes.

We are thrilled for this route opening and looking forward to our cooperation with flydubai. Last year the registered overnights from UAE increased by 30 per cent in Finland and we are hoping to break the record in 2018,” said Teemu Ahola, account manager - Asia & Middle East at Visit Finland.

“Finland is a great destination both in summer and winter. The pleasantly cool and endless summer days with the midnight sun create a perfect setting for either a relaxing family holiday or an action-packed itinerary with activity options ranging from golf and sailing to canoeing and hiking in the pure nature. Winter season in Finland is a wonderland for people in search for unique experiences such as husky and snowmobile safaris, ice driving experiences and viewing the Northern Lights," he said.

"Finland is also home to the one and only Santa Claus.”