Finnair is today celebrating one year of flying to Seattle, marking a significant milestone for the Nordic carrier and its transatlantic services.
The inaugural flight touched down in Seattle at 5:24pm on 1 June 2022, following its nine-hour journey from Helsinki, and was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the gate and a customary water-cannon salute.
The anniversary comes just weeks after Finnair announced flights to Seattle would feature the airline’s eye-catching new non-recline Business Class seats, brand-new Premium Economy cabin, and refreshed Economy Class.
From today, customers travelling between Helsinki and Seattle can experience the airline’s award-winning long-haul experience and relax in style on its three times a week Airbus A330 flights to the city.
Finnair’s €200 million investment has seen its long-haul experience named ‘Cabin Concept of the Year’ winner by Onboard Hospitality, ‘Best Cabin Innovation’ winner by APEX, and ‘Best Cabin (First & Business Class)’ at the Yacht and Aviation Awards.
Customers looking to travel to Europe can enjoy direct flights each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with AY34 leaving Seattle–Tacoma at 6:50pm, arriving back at Finnair’s home hub at 2:20pm the following day.
On the return, AY33 departs Helsinki at 5:25pm, arriving into Seattle–Tacoma International Airport at 5:10pm local time.
Those looking to hop between the cities of Seattle and Helsinki, can enjoy return fares from US $705 in Economy Class, including all taxes and charges.
Finnair’s recent strategy has seen the airline move towards a more geographically balanced network, connecting Europe to Asia, India, the Middle East and North America.
Currently, Finnair offers six direct routes from the US to Helsinki, with year-round services to New York JFK, Los Angeles and Dallas, and seasonal services to Chicago, Miami and Seattle.
Services have been specifically timed to allow for easy connections onto Finnair’s worldwide network – including top Nordic and Baltic destinations such as Lapland, Stockholm and Tallinn.
Finnair offers smooth and easy transfers between flights from as little as 35 minutes, thanks to all flights operating from the same terminal.