Finnair launches Chicago – a new Avios redemption option – and buys more A350’s

Finnair, a fellow oneworld alliance member alongside British Airways, has announced a new Summer service to Chicago.

Flights will operate from 13th June to 17th October 2015.

Services will operate three days per week (Monday, Thursday, Saturday in both directions) using an Airbus A330.

As well as being a tourist destination in its own right, Chicago is a major American Airlines hub which will allow for a wide range of connections.  As a trade-off for launching this route, Summer services to Hanoi are being dropped.

Finnair A350

If you are struggling to find Avios reward seats with British Airways or American Airlines to Chicago next year, this opens up a new option.

Flying to Finland is a bit of a detour, of course!  On the other hand, Helsinki is a lovely city to visit in the Summer months and you could create an interesting two-city holiday with a couple of days in Finland first.  Talinn in Estonia is also easily accessible via ferry.

More Airbus A350’s on the way too

Finnair has also confirmed in recent days that it is extending its order for Airbus A350 aircraft.  The very first Airbus A350 is due to be delivered to Qatar Airways any day now although the timetable has slipped slightly.

Finnair is the European launch customer with 11 aircraft on order, the first of which is due next Autumn.  The additional order will increase the fleet to 19 and allow it to run a consistent – and new – long-haul fleet.  Further details can be found on the Airbus website and the photo above is a mock-up of a Finnair A350 in flight.

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Comments

  1. Interesting – Chicago is going to be an important destination for Mrs M this year.
    Are there any tricks to finding Avios availability via Finnair?

    • It will be on ba.com. Search separately for Helsinki to Finnair, don’t try to search for availability all the way through. It makes sense to book the London leg as a separate ticket anyway to save APD.

  2. What are the Finnair premium cabins like? Do they have a first class?

  3. Isn’t that a picture of an A330?

    What’s the timetable for finnair’s new 1-2-1 J layout being rolled out?

  4. Irons1980 says:

    It’s also their old livery…