Finnair Wins UK Government Contract

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Finnair has won a deal with the UK public sector to be the official airline for flights from London Heathrow to Osaka, Japan, and flights between Manchester and Helsinki.

Finnair will fly public sector staff and officials to the destinations until 2011 with an option of adding an additional year to the agreement.

This is the first time Finnair has been awarded a deal with the UK government.

"This is a significant win for Finnair's Asian strategy," said Tomi Hnninen, who heads Finnair's sales in the UK.

"The deciding factors were significant incremental savings of 24% on air travel for government departments and the wider UK public sector. Finnair also flies a modern, environmentally friendly aircraft fleet and changes of flights take place at the efficient Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Finnair offers one of the fastest routes from the UK to Asia. For example, our Osaka connection is the quickest in comparison with competitor airlines," Hnninen added.

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