New non-stop service uses the polar route for the shortest flight to mainland Europe
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) welcomed its latest new international service last night with Finnair’s inaugural service from Seattle to Helsinki. The flight’s shorter polar route offers easy access to the Nordic countries as well as efficient connections to destinations throughout Europe and beyond. In Seattle, passengers can connect to the extensive network offered by Finnair’s oneworld partner, Alaska Airlines.
“We are proud of the resilience of the Seattle market,” said Lance Lyttle, CEO of SEA Airport. “Finnair’s Helsinki service is SEA’s eighth new international service to launch since the start of the pandemic, and we are delighted to be able to welcome them to our brand new international arrivals facility.
For video and images of the arrival and event, visit our Finnair maiden flight photo gallery (password: portpress).
With Alaska Airlines joining the oneworld alliance in 2021, Alaska Mileage Plan members will be able to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles across the Finnair network.
SEA Airport is making significant investments to make international travel via SEA more efficient and representative of our region. The newly opened international arrivals facility provides travelers with an expanded and more efficient experience to meet growing regional demand for international travel. The new facility is more than four times the size of the current facility and features an iconic skywalk that is the longest on an active traffic lane in the world!
The new flight operates three times a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday using an Airbus A330.
|HEL to SEA||AY 033||5:55 p.m.||5:40 p.m.|
|SEA to HEL||AY 034||7:20 p.m.||2:50 p.m. +1|
International Department at SEA
Finnair’s service is one of four new international services launched this year. Turkish Airlines recently launched service to Istanbul, Air Canada launched service to Montreal yesterday, and SEA will host Air Tahiti Nui’s service to Tahiti in October. A total of 42 international services are currently operating at SEA, offering non-stop flights to 27 unique international destinations.
Finnair’s extensive European network from Helsinki offers seamless connections to more than 70 European cities, including twice-daily flights to cities such as Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Vienna, Zurich, Gdansk and Milan. It offers regular daily flights to Paris, London, Berlin, Warsaw and Brussels, as well as to Scandinavian and Baltic cities.
SEA will be the sixth US airport served by Finnair, including Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK) and Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW).
Finnair is a network airline, specializing in connecting passenger and cargo traffic between Asia and Europe via the Short Northern Route. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do – Finnair aims to reduce its net emissions by 50% by the end of 2025 compared to the 2019 baseline and achieve carbon neutrality no later than the end of 2045. Finnair is a member of the aglobal alliance. Finnair Plc shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.
Perry Cooper | SEA Airport Press Officer
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