Finnair is the flag carrier and largest airline of Finland with its headquarters in Vantaa, Finland and its main hub at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Finnair and its subsidiaries dominate both the domestic and international air travel markets in Finland. The largest owner is the government of Finland with 55.8% of the shares. Finnair is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance.
In 1923, consul Bruno Lucander founded Finnair as Aero O/Y (Aero Ltd) and the first flgiht started one year later. In 1946, the Finnish government acquired a majority stake in the company and re-established services to Europe in 1947, after a hard time furing World War II. In 1953, it began branding itself as Finnair. In 1961, Finnair joined the jet age by adding Rolls-Royce Avon-engined Caravelles to its fleet.
In 1962 Finnair acquired a 27% controlling interest in a private Finnish airline, Kar-Air. Finnair Oy became the company"s official name on June 25, 1968. In 1979 Finnair established a subsidiary company Finnaviation for domestic operations, with a 60% stake. Both Kar-Air and Finnaviation became wholly owned by Finnair and were integrated into the mainline operations in 1997.
On September 25, 1997, Finnair Oyj (Finnair Plc) became the company"s official name. In 1999, Finnair joined the Oneworld alliance. In 2001, Finnair recycled the Aero name again and established Aero Airlines, an airline based in Tallinn, Estonia. In 2003 Finnair acquired ownership of the Swedish low-cost airline, FlyNordic, which operates mainly within Scandinavia. In 2007, Finnair sold all its shares in FlyNordic to Norwegian Air Shuttle. As part of the transaction, Finnair has acquired 4.8% of Norwegian, becoming its third largest shareholder.
From its Helsinki-Vantaa base Finnair flies to Asia and North America, including: Finland (Helsinki, JyvÃ¤skylÃ¤, Rovaniemi, KittilÃ¤, Oulu, Kuusamo, Savonlinna, Tampere, Vaasa, Turku), London, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Gothenburg, Madrid, Moscow, Oslo, Rome, Stockholm, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Miami, New York, Toronto and Dubai.
Finnair fleet consists of the following aircrafts: 11 Airbus A319-100, 12 Airbus A320-200, 6 Airbus A321-200, 1 Airbus A330-200, 8 Airbus A330-300, 7 Airbus A340-300, 4 Boeing 757-200, 2 Boeing MD-11, 4 Embraer E-170 and 12 Embraer E-190.
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