Finnair is marking its centenary with a special stamp celebrating the airline’s heritage.

The flag carrier has partnered with the Finnish postal service, Posti, to create the stamp, which will be available to purchase from September 6, 2023.

Conceived by graphic designer Ilkka Kärkkäinen, the stamp features a classic blue and white colour scheme with aircraft silhouettes and the Finnair logo.

While the stamps can only be used for post within Finland, they are sure to be a hit with collectors (known as philatelists) around the world.

The stamps will be sold at Posti outlets as well as its online shop, kiosks, grocery shops, bookshops and department stores.

The Finnish postal service has a long-standing relationship with Finnair, having provided mail for the airline to carry on its first commercial flight from Helsinki to Tallinn in Estonia in 1924.

Topi Manner, Finnair CEO, said:

“Since our first flight in 1924, Finnair has had a close relationship with the Finnish postal service, so it was only natural that we partner with Posti to help celebrate our centenary.

“We have come a long way since that first commercial flight from Helsinki to Tallinn in Estonia and gone on to deliver exceptional service not only to our customers but also to those looking to fly mail and cargo around the world.

“This celebratory stamp, developed through our partnership with Posti, will be seen and used throughout Finland, helping Finnair firmly put its stamp on a hundred years of flying.”

This is the third time that the airline has partnered with the Finnish post office, with previous collaborations taking place in 1973 and 1993 to celebrate its 50th and 70th anniversaries respectively.

This initiative is the latest in a year-long programme of activities to celebrate Finnair’s 100th birthday.

In March the airline unveiled a special Moomin livery for two of its A350 aircraft flying to destinations such as Bangkok, Dallas, London and Tokyo. Three of the airline’s other aircraft have also been emblazoned with the airline’s centenary slogan, ‘Bringing us together since 1923’.