Finnair flies to New Delhi
Tenth Asian destination
New Delhi, 09 November 2006: Finnair has commenced its new fast route to Delhi. The first flight from Helsinki landed in Delhi on 31 October 2006. Thanks to the excellent geographical location of Helsinki on the great circle route, the flight time to Delhi is only 6 hours 30 minutes. Initially the flights will run three times a week using Boeing MD-11 wide-bodied aircraft, but next spring the frequencies will be boosted to five a week.
"Our Delhi launch serves business life between India and Northern Europe and naturally travel between the two areas. Finnair's route from Delhi to Helsinki is the shortest connection between Europe and India. Helsinki is the first EU capital when flying from India and offers a wide route network to other destinations in Europe. We are currently renewing our long-haul fleet to better serve our Indian and European customers with modern aircraft and excellent Finnair care," says President and CEO Jukka Hienonen.
Advance demand for the route has been great, even though the direct flights between Delhi and Helsinki have just started. There has also been an increase in demand for air cargo from India to Europe as well.
Outward departures to Delhi are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and return flights on the following days.
There are relatively few frequencies from the whole of Europe to Delhi and no direct connections from Northern Europe. The new route has excellent connections to Delhi from Scandinavia, the Baltic Sea area and whole of Northern Europe, with short flight times even to London and Paris. In the Delhi-Helsinki direction, quick Finnair connections serve to around 30 cities in Europe. Delhi on the other hand is the main airline hub in India and offers excellent connections to the rest of the country.
"Developing connections between Europe and Asia is a matter of the heart for us. We want to fly to new destinations in India as well because we believe in India's strong economic growth and expanding travel market. Finnish companies have tens of factories and sales offices in India. Indian companies and their experts have strong ties to European markets. Indian and Finnish business life have the world's best IT knowhow in common," Hienonen states.
The Delhi route is Finnair's tenth Asian destination and a natural continuation to the company's Asian strategy. Finnair has been systematically increasing its number of destinations in Asia since 1999. Already a third of the airline's revenues result for scheduled traffic comes from Asian routes.
This winter season Finnair flies in China to Beijing and Shanghai six times weekly, to Hong Kong and Guangzhou three times a week. There are two flights to Japan nearly every day, with flights to Tokyo and Osaka four times weekly and Nagoya three times weekly. Finnair flies two daily flights to Bangkok and four weekly frequencies to Singapore and now to India connecting Delhi three times a week.
For more information, please contact:
President & CEO
New Delhi-110019, India
Telephone: 91-11- 26276523, 26270079
Suvendu Banerjee, President & CEO, Business Images with Santa Claus at the Arctic Circle in October 2006 in Rovaniemi, Lapland