Finnair joins PATA

BANGKOK, 30 May 2017: Finnair has joined the Pacific Asia Travel Association under the airline category.

Finland’s national airline headquartered in Helsinki, is majority owned by the Government of Finland and listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

It has a strong presence in Asia with services extending to mainland China, Japan and cities in Southeast Asia such as Bangkok and Singapore.

PATA CEO Mario Hardy said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Finnair to the PATA family as our newest aviation member and the first Nordic airline to join in recent years. The airline is not only a leader in sustainable practices but also in pioneering new technologies such as testing face recognition technology for use by travellers when checking in for flights departing from Helsinki airport.”

According to PATA, international visitor arrivals (IVAs) to the Asia Pacific region are forecast to reach almost 760 million by 2021, with over 76 million IVAs coming from European source markets.

“We look forward to working with Finnair as the airline seeks to build both brand and business in the Asia Pacific region by taking full advantage of PATA’s extensive network and the in-depth research and insights provided by the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre,” added Hardy.

Established in 1923, Finnair is the world’s fifth oldest airline.

The airline operates services throughout Europe and to 18 cities in Asia and seven cities in North America with emphasis upon seamless connectivity at its Helsinki hub.

Finnair carried 10.9 million passengers in 2016. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, was the first European airline to operate the next-generation Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and it is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project.

Finnair is the only Nordic carrier with a four-star Skytrax ranking and has also won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past seven consecutive years.