New aircraft mean new opportunities for Finnair in China

Helsinki lends itself well as a hub between other European cities and China – Photo credit – Pixabay

New aircraft mean new opportunities for Finnair in China

Finnair is actively considering an order for the latest generation of narrowbody jets to enable it to serve more Chinese cities.

That’s according to the outgoing CEO of the airline, who told the South China Morning Post that:

”The range (of such aircraft) looks a little bit extended and maybe there is a way to cover the smaller cities in China.”

Helsinki lends itself well as a hub between other European cities and China due to its Northerly geographic location.

This allows Finnair to offer rapid journey times to travellers despite the need to connect to other cities.

Indeed, Helsinki is the closest major EU airport to China, and a flight time to Beijing of just seven and a half hours.

We recently reported that Finnair had launched thrice weekly flights between Helsinki and Nanjing.

The new route brings Finnair’s network in China to six routes, with Nanjing joining cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an.

As a result, Finnair has just under a five percent market share of flights between China and Europe, and is the ninth largest carrier overall in the market.

Rupert Reid

Pilot and Senior Broadcast Journalist at Panda Radio. You can find him on Twitter @rupertreid