travelnews Compiled and written by KATJA PANTZAR New nonstop route to Istanbul opens FINNAIR will begin twice weekly flights to Istanbul, Turkey, next spring. The former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires is an exotic metropolis perched on the edge of Europe. One of the Mediterranean's great cities, Istanbul is home to 12 million people and known as the food capital of the Near East. "There has been demand for an Istanbul route for a long time," says Petteri Kostermaa, Finnair's vice president of route strategy and traffic planning. "As demand grows it will be possible to increase the flight frequency." As of March 4, 2009, the route will be flown twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Flights, with Economy and Business Class service, will depart from Helsinki in the morning and return in the afternoon. The Istanbul route will join Finnair's other services to this eastern region, which include daily nonstop flights to both Budapest, Hungary, and Bucharest, Romania. www.finnair.com All-in-one online travel shop FINNAIR PASSENGERS can now AIRPORT updates In autumn 2009, all flights operated by Finnair, other oneworld airlines and partners, including domestic flights, will be concentrated to Terminal 2. All other airlines will move to Terminal 1, which is at present the Domestic Terminal. A new kiosk, Point shop to go, located in the basement of the international terminal stocks takeaway snacks and refreshments, along with newspapers, magazines and books. It's open seven days a week from 8 am to 10 pm. use the Finnair website to make all of their travel arrangements online. More than 10,000 different products are available including highquality destination services for business and leisure travellers. www.finnair.com By 2010, Finnair will fly daily nonstops to Tokyo, Japan. STEP INTO THE REVAMPED SILVER WINGS LOUNGE In the global top ten Aviation Week trade magazine recently placed Finnair on its "Top Performing Companies 2008 Airline Rankings World Top Ten" list. On the basis of various financial criteria, Finnair is rated seventh in the world in the mainline legacy carrier category on the basis of stringent financial criteria. Finnair's overall score was 75.1 per cent, which placed it ahead of giants such as British Airways, Air France, Continental and Delta. www.aviationweek.com Located in the Schengen area of the HelsinkiVantaa Airport, the renovated Finnair Silver Wings Lounge is now more spacious than before. Designed by the KOKO3 group, the lounge combines Finnish design with a relaxed atmosphere and diverse menu. The Silver Wings Lounge serves Finnair Plus Platinum, Gold and Silver members as well as oneworld's Emerald and Saphire customers. www.finnair.com Environmentally responsible FINNAIR IS an active member of Enviro.aero, which is the only global association that represents all sectors of the air transport industry. Its mission is to promote aviation's sustainable growth by limiting the aviation industry's environmental impact. www.enviro.aero NOVEMBER 2008 BLUE WINGS 13
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