Finnair’s Belgian customers will soon be able to benefit from flying on the Finnish flag-carrier’s wide-body aircraft between Belgium and Finland for Winter 2018 and Summer 2019.
The airline will operate an Airbus A330 twice a week on the first of Finnair’s three daily return flights, as well as on an overnight service, from Helsinki to Brussels, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 31st October 2018.
Finnair’s state-of-the-art Airbus A350 will also debut on the route from 3rd April 2019, with the A330 operating on Wednesdays and the A350 scheduled on the service on Saturdays.
Thanks to the wider fuselage, customers will be able to experience the wide-bodied aircraft’s more spacious cabins, which offer extra seating on the highly-popular short-haul route.
The departing Saturday AY1541 service from Helsinki to Brussels is also being moved to an earlier departure time to match the same flight schedule as during the week.
The move is in line with the airline’s growth strategy, which has seen Finnair increase the frequency of its flights across its extensive network of destinations in Asia for the Winter 2018/19 season.
Andrew Fish, Finnair General Manager UK & Ireland & Benelux, said: “We are making flying Finnair even more enjoyable for our Belgian customers by putting larger wide-bodied aircraft on two flights a week between Brussels and Helsinki.
“From 31st October 2018, the first flight of Finnair’s three-daily services every Wednesday and Saturday between Brussels and Helsinki, will offer customers on board our Airbus A330 – and later in 2019 our state-of-the-art Airbus A350 – more seats to choose from as well as more spacious interiors and comfort.
“These larger aircraft are in response to customer demand on this popular route and will enable more travelers to connect quickly and smoothly to our network of long-haul services from Helsinki to 19 top destinations throughout Asia.”
For Winter 2018, Finnair’s larger Airbus A330 will operate on the outbound AY1541 departing Helsinki at 7.35am arriving in to Brussels at 9.15am and the returning inbound AY1542 leaving Brussels at 11.40am and landing back into Helsinki at 3.15pm. The high-tech Airbus A350 will alternate with the popular A330 on the flight from April 2019.
Finnair currently serves flights between the Brussels and Helsinki three times a day with mixture of Airbus A319s and Embraer 190 aircraft.