Business travellers from Edinburgh can now take a shortcut to Asia via Helsinki thanks to Finnair’s newly-launched tri-weekly service from the capital.
They’ll be able to journey with Finnair from Edinburgh to Hong Kong in just 13 hours and 15 minutes, Beijing in 14 hours and 5 minutes, and Seoul in 14 hours and 30 minutes via Helsinki.
A traditional water cannon salute and Scottish bagpiper welcomed the Finnair aircraft on its inaugural flight from the Finnish capital to Edinburgh Airport which took less than three hours.
Fredrik Charpentier, Finnair area vice president EMEA, said: “We are delighted to bring our award-winning Finnair product to Scotland. Passengers value our exceptional Nordic on board hospitality and the quick and convenient transfers through our Helsinki hub. With the arrival of our new longhaul Airbus A350 aircraft, onward passengers can experience the latest in technology and comfort while travelling to Asia’s top leisure and business destinations.”
Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, added: “This direct new route between Edinburgh and Helsinki is fantastic news – it is further confirmation of Edinburgh Airport’s position as a leader for connectivity from Scotland to Finland and onwards to the expanding markets of Asia. I congratulate Finnair for recognising the growing international demand for direct links to Edinburgh, and this move shows that they have similar aspirations for growth as we do.”
Finnair has been named Northern Europe’s Best Airline for the sixth year running by Skytrax, the European launch customer for the next-generation Airbus A350 XWB.
The new Edinburgh service joins London Heathrow, Manchester and Dublin as Finnair gateways in the UK and Ireland.