American Airlines adds flights from Chicago to Finnair’s Helsinki hub

Celebrating the arrival of American Airlines from Chicago O’Hare in the Finnish capital Helsinki were Paavo Virkkunen, Finnair’s VP Alliances & Commercial Partnerships; Kurt Stache, American Airlines’ VP International; and Juha-Pekka Pystynen, Helsinki Airport Director together with the American Airlines flight crew. After cutting the cake, the gentlemen also got to cut the ribbon for the new service, joined by Captain Scott Stache.

  • American Airlines continued expanding into the European hubs of its oneworld alliance partner airlines as the US major launched a daily seasonal service between its Chicago O’Hare (ORD) hub and Helsinki (HEL), the capital of Finland and the hub of Finnair, on 1 May. The transatlantic flights, which are scheduled until the end of the summer season, are operated with 225-seat 767-300ER aircraft. This is Helsinki’s second route to the US, the only other being Finnair’s flights to New York JFK. Juha-Pekka Pystynen, Helsinki Airport’s airport director, commented: “A nonstop service between Helsinki and Chicago has been high on our wish list in recent years. The new service gives excellent connections on both sides of the Atlantic and also strengthens Helsinki Airport’s position as the leading long-haul airport in Northern Europe and as a popular intercontinental transfer hub. As a result, Helsinki Airport warmly welcomes American Airlines and their new flight from Helsinki to Chicago.”

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