Finnair celebrates 100th anniversary

1 Nov 2023 by Mark Caswell
Finnair celebrates its 100th anniversary (image of Aero tailfin supplied by PC Agency)

Finnair is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding today.

The flag carrier traces its history back to 1 November, 1923, when predecessor Aero was founded.

The carrier’s first flight took place in March 1924 between Helsinki and Tallinn, and the airline carried just 269 passengers in its first year of operation, compared to around 14.6 million in pre-pandemic 2019.

Finnair is considered the sixth oldest airline still in continuous operation.

Finnair centenary Moomin livery (supplied by PC Agency)

The carrier has been gearing up for its centenary celebrations with a special postage stamp issued earlier this year, an exhibition of vintage uniforms, and last month’s launch of the Finnair 100 inflight menu.

Finnair has also unveiled a special centenary Moomin livery (pictured above) on two of its A350 aircraft, and other celebrations taking place this week include a performance from the airline’s choir Finnair Singers, as well as a raffle for departing passengers.

The carrier is in the midst of a €200 million investment programme, including the launch of its first premium economy seat, an innovative new business class product, and refreshed economy cabins.

Finnair launches new business and premium economy seating

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