Finnair, a British Airways partner in the oneworld alliance, will launch flights to Sapporo in Japan this Winter. It becomes the first European airline to fly to the city since KLM dropped the route back in 2002.
The service will only operate for a short period between 15th December and 27th March 2020. Flights will depart from Helsinki on Thursdays and Sundays.
Sapporo will be the 5th Finnair destination in Japan following Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. The direct route from the UK to Japan takes you over Scandinavia which is why the flight time from Helsinki to Sapporo is only 8hr 55 min.
Booked with Avios, Economy seats are 50,000 points + £254. Business Class is 150,000 Avios + £362.
Finnair appears to have released two Economy and two Business Class seats per flight, and availability was good when I looked yesterday.
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