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 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 Efend 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.
“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.
From May to September 2019, flydubai will operate 4 weekly flights between Dubai and Helsinki due to seasonal demand.
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.
Business Class return fares to Helsinki will start at AED 7,550/EUR 1,150.
Economy Class return fares will start at AED 1,545/EUR 325 including taxes.