Finnair is giving its non-stop flights between Helsinki and Hong Kong a boost this winter season with added frequency that will see the service operate twice per day from next April onwards.
The current 10-times-weekly service will be gradually boosted throughout the winter season, with frequency going to 11 weekly flights from November 3, then 12 weekly from December 10, before boosting to twice a day from April 1, 2019.
“The new frequencies for our Hong Kong service are testament to the popularity of our product in the Hong Kong market and our confidence in the Greater China area and Asia,” said Stan Kwong, regional head at Finnair.
“As well as increasing our market share, we are also seeing travel between Asia and Europe steadily growing in recent years and we expect that trend to continue in the future.”
As with its current 10 weekly flights to and from Hong Kong, the added flights will be operated by one of the airline’s newer aircraft, the Airbus A350-900.
Finnair has two configurations for this aircraft, one with 32 business class seats and another with 46. The latter is currently deployed on the route.
Business class is laid out in a 1-2-1 herringbone configuration providing all passengers with unencumbered access to the aisle, and seats recline to form a fully flat bed.
Business Traveller reviewed Finnair’s business class product and service on its Hong Kong route earlier this year.
The schedule for the boosted service is as follows (all times local):
|AY099||Helsinki (HEL)||Hong Kong (HKG)||2345||1430+1||Daily|
|AY101||Helsinki (HEL)||hong Kong (HKG)||1645||0735+1||Daily|
|AY100||Hong Kong (HKG)||helsinki (HEL)||0025||0545||Daily|
|AY102||hong Kong (HKG)||helsinki (HEL)||0910||1430||Daily|
Finnair first began flying non-stop to Hong Kong in 2015.