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flydubai inaugural flight lands in Helsinki

flydubai has inaugurated its new daily service to Helsinki becoming the first national carrier for the UAE to offer direct flights from Dubai.

  • Dubai-based carrier becomes the first UAE national carrier to offer year-round direct flights to Finland 
  • The new route is code-shared with Emirates and gives passengers access to more than 200 destinations worldwide on the combined network

flydubai has inaugurated its new daily service to Helsinki becoming the first national carrier for the UAE to offer direct flights from Dubai. The inaugural flight departed yesterday from Terminal 2, Dubai International (DXB) and landed at Helsinki Airport (HEL) just before midnight.

On board the flight was a delegation led by Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations and E-commerce at flydubai and was joined by Thierry Aucoc, Senior Vice President, Commercial (Europe & Russian Federation) at Emirates, H.E Riitta Swan, Finnish Ambassador to the UAE together with representatives from regional media outlets. On arrival in Helsinki, the delegation was welcomed by senior officials from the airport.

Speaking at a press conference to mark the occasion, Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations and E-commerce at flydubai said: “As the first carrier to operate a year-round direct flight from the UAE to Finland, we expect this route to be very popular for travellers from Dubai and the region as we make the market more accessible for adventure seekers, those who want to see the Northern Lights, Lapland and those visiting family and friends alike. Passengers travelling on this route will be able to enjoy the added comfort offered by our latest innovations in cabin design as well as an exceptional travel experience on board our new Boeing MAX 8 aircraft.”

Finland attracts more than 6 million tourists a year, but most flights to the market so far have been seasonal. The new scheduled direct flights from Dubai will give passengers easier access into Finland and help stimulate trade and tourism around the year.

“We have seen healthy demand especially for our Business Class since the route was announced in April this year. We expect this trend to continue from Dubai as well as see growing numbers of connecting passengers from both the Emirates and the flydubai networks. Passengers from Finland now have easier access to popular destinations on the flydubai network including Sri Lanka and Tanzania as well as further afield on the Emirates network to Far East destinations including Australia, Indonesia and Thailand,” Efendi added.

flydubai provides its customers with a better travel experience by offering greater choice and flexibility. With flydubai’s Business Class, passengers can enjoy a more personalised flying experience while Economy Class offers comfortable seating and a convenient way to travel. On flydubai’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft features a new cabin offering a flat-bed in Business Class for passengers to sleep comfortably during their flight. Economy Class offers new RECARO seats, which are designed to optimise space and comfort. flydubai also offers exceptional inflight entertainment with a full HD, 11.6-inch screen, featuring more than 1,000 hours of movies, TV shows, music and games in Arabic, English and Russian.

Emirates will codeshare on this route and as part of the Emirates flydubai partnership, each airlines’ passengers will have the opportunity to connect in Dubai to hundreds of destinations across the world.

Thierry Aucoc, Senior Vice President, Commercial (Europe & Russian Federation) at Emirates said, “Emirates and flydubai have an extensive partnership that gives our shared customers unmatched travel options, choice and convenience. We are delighted that Helsinki has now joined our codeshare network, and look forward to bringing the benefits of our partnership to those travelling to and from Finland. flydubai customers travelling to or from Helsinki can enjoy seamless connections to destinations across Emirates’ worldwide network via Dubai including cities such as Bangkok, Shanghai, Tokyo and Singapore. The codeshare will allow more travellers to experience the award-winning Emirates service on our fleet of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s which offer customers the comforts of the latest and most efficient wide-body aircraft in the skies.”

“It is my great pleasure to welcome flydubai to start year around direct flights from Dubai to Helsinki. I regard Finland as an excellent travel destination for Emiratis and residents of the UAE. In Finland one can enjoy the cleanest air in the world and great nature in a very safe environment. Finland can offer ultimate experiences, wellbeing and family activities. This new direct flight will certainly attract more Finns for holidays in the UAE”, said H.E Riitta Swan, Finnish Ambassador to the UAE.

From 02 December 2018, flights to Helsinki along with a number of flydubai’s European routes including Bucharest, Krakow, Prague, Zagreb and others will operate from Terminal 3, Dubai International (DXB) optimising connectivity for those travelling through the world’s busiest airport, Dubai International. The first codeshare flight took off on 29 October 2017 and the codeshare network has expanded to 80 destinations and the combined network is on track to reach 240 destinations by 2022.

For bookings under the codeshare, Emirates passengers receive complimentary meals and the Emirates checked baggage allowance on flights operated by flydubai in Business and Economy classes.

 “This year over 20 million passengers are expected to travel through Helsinki Airport. Although Helsinki Airport has strong connectivity it hasn’t had a year-round direct route to Dubai. We are delighted Helsinki is now even easier to reach from the Middle East,” said, Petri Vuori, Vice President at Finavia, Sales and Route Development.

Flight Details

Business Class return fares to Helsinki will start at AED 7,550/EUR 1,150 while Economy Class return fares will start at AED 1,545/EUR 325 including taxes. Flights can be purchased from flydubai’s website (flydubai.com), its Customer Centre (+971) 600 54 44 45, flydubai travel shops or through travel partners.

Flights can be booked through flydubai’s website (flydubai.com), the official flydubai App, Contact Centre in Dubai on (+971) 600 54 44 45, the flydubai travel shops or through our travel partners.

From May to September 2019, flydubai will operate 4 weekly flights between Dubai and Helsinki due to seasonal demand.

For competitive travel packages visit Holidays by flydubai which provides passengers with thousands of hotel options that suit all budgets and ancillary services including airport transfers, sightseeing packages, UAE visa facilitation, car rental and excursions.

For the full timetable and fares, visit: https://www.flydubai.com/en/plan/timetable

About flydubai

From its home in Dubai, flydubai has created a network of more than 85 destinations and over the next decade the airline will see its fleet grow by up to 296 aircraft. Since commencing operations in June 2009, flydubai has been committed to removing barriers to travel, creating free flows of trade and tourism and enhancing connectivity between different cultures across its ever-expanding network.

flydubai has marked its journey with a number of milestones that represent the scale of the ambition planned for the airline:

  • An expanding network: Created a network of more than 85 destinations in 45 countries across Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Central and South-East Europe, the GCC and the Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent.
  • Serving underserved markets: Opened up more than 71 new routes that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.
  • An efficient single fleet-type: Operates a single fleet-type of 58 aircraft including Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
  • Record-breaking orders: Placed the largest single-aisle aircraft orders in the region at the 2013 and 2017 editions of the Dubai Airshow.
  • Enhancing connectivity: Carried more than 60 million passengers since it began operations in 2009.

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