Finnish Airline, Finnair is taking Santa’s reindeer in its first A350 to tour the world. The first holiday flight started today with A350 flying out to tourist destinations around the world.
1st November 2017, Finnair celebrated its 94th anniversary. The Airline was founded in 1923, by consul Bruno Lucander registered the company as Aero Ltd. The first flight was on 20 March 1924 from Helsinki to Tallinn, Estonia on a Junkers F.13 aircraft equipped with floats. The seaplane service ended in December 1936 following the construction of the first aerodromes in Finland.
In November 1947, it flew Douglas DC-3s and in 1953, the airline began branding itself as Finnair and started operating Convair 440 twin-engined pressurised airliner to longer routes as far as London.
Finnair received its first widebody aircraft in 1975, two DC-10-30 planes. Then in 1983, Finnair became the first operator to fly non-stop from Western Europe to Japan operating Helsinki-Tokyo flights with a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30ER.
On 8 March 2007, Finnair became the first airline to order the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, placing an order for 11 Airbus A350 XWB.
Today Finnair employs around 5000 staff, operating a fleet of 64 to more than 150 destinations.