Last Monday (October 10), Qatar Airways inaugurated its daily service to the Finnish capital. Being the first flight, Qatar sent their newest Airbus A350XWB to celebrate the occasion. Otherwise the route will be operated using their Airbus A320, configured with 132 seats. The airline now serves 4 cities in the Nordic region, the others being Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm.
Finnair and Qatar Airways, both Oneworld members, also announced a codeshare where Qatar will place its QR code on several Finnair flights to the Baltics and other Finnish and Nordic cities. Qatar is also the first of the 3 big Middle Eastern carriers (ME3) to serve Helsinki.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “Launching our new route to Helsinki is a proud moment for the airline, completing our strategy of serving the needs of Europe’s Nordic capitals and facilitating connections for businesses, cultures and families between Finns and people throughout the world. With this new service, the people of Helsinki have convenient and world-class air service to more destinations, and we look forward to welcoming our new customers on board.”
Finavia President and CEO Kari Savolainen, said: “We want to express our warmest welcome to Qatar Airways and its new route between Helsinki and Doha. This is a fantastic addition to our selection of destinations and thanks to the route launch Helsinki Airport now has even better connections to the world. We ensure that our passengers enjoy their journey before and between their flights at the airport, selected as the best airport in Northern Europe in 2016.”