On 2nd January, Finnair announced that it was adding a 6th daily weekday service from London Heathrow to Helsinki.
It also announced plans to turn a second daily service into a long-haul flight, meaning that Business Class passengers would get a flat bed seat for the journey.
This does not seem to be enough to meet demand, however. London Air Travel reports that Finnair has taken over one of Etihad’s slots at Heathrow. Etihad has not used this slot in recent years, leasing it first to the now-bankrupt Jet Airways of India and then to Air Serbia for a season.
The extra flight is already showing in the Finnair timetable although, oddly, ba.com does not yet show it. The Finnair weekday departure schedule from Heathrow is now, based on Monday 6th April:
- 07.30 (arr 12.20) – A320
- 10.20 (arr 15.15) – A350-900 with flat beds
- 13.50 (arr 18.45) – A320
- 16.10 (arr 21.00) – A321
- 18.10 (arr 23.00) – A330-300 with flat beds
- 19.35 (arr 00.30) – A321
- 20.30 (arr 01.20) – A319
Remember that Finnair is a member of oneworld and you can book their flights with Avios. You can also earn Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points when you fly with them.
For completeness, I should add that there is also one daily British Airways service, departing at 08.25.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.