In a departure from its Asia-focused business model, Finnair is heading west this summer, with one of its biggest-ever Transatlantic schedules.

Finnair Airbus A350-900
Photo: Finnair

This summer, Finnair will fly one of its biggest-ever North American schedules. From its hub at Helsinki Airport (HEL), the airline will operate a total of 21 flights per week to five North American cities.

Finnair already flies year-round to New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), and Dallas (DFW), with seasonal flights to Chicago (ORD) and Seattle (SEA) set to resume on March 27th. The oneworld carrier’s general manager for North America, Pasi Kuusisto, celebrated what Finnair is calling its ‘super summer schedule,’ saying,

“We are excited to be launching one of our biggest-ever schedules from North America, as we continue to offer customers a leading experience across the Atlantic. As we approach our centenary in November, we want to showcase the best destinations on the network, and this new expanded schedule will give customers an even greater choice across North America.”

Finnair Airbus A330-300

Photo: Sudpoth Sirirattanasakul | Shutterstock

Following the resumption of its seasonal services, Finnair’s summer schedule from Helsinki to the US will be made up of the following flights:






New York (JFK)

7x per week


Airbus A330-300


Los Angeles (LAX)

3x per week

Mon, Wed, Fri

Airbus A350-900


Dallas (DFW)

4x per week

Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun

Airbus A350-900


Chicago (ORD)

4x per week

Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

Airbus A330-300

Summer only

Seattle (SEA)

3x per week

Mon, Wed, Fri

Airbus A330-300

Summer only

Come winter, the airline will resume its three weekly seasonal flights to Miami, using the Airbus A350-900.

Diversifying its route network

Finnair has long marketed itself as the airline connecting Europe with Asia. However, as a result of travel restrictions introduced during the pandemic, followed by the closure of Russian airspace, the carrier has had to look west to ensure optimum fleet utilization. This has led to deepening connections with other oneworld member airlines, including Alaska Airlines and American Airlines.

Finnair Airbus A350-900

 Photo: Markus Mainka | Shutterstock

That said, flights to Asia continue to form a crucial part of Finnair’s business model, and the airline will resume services to Osaka (KIX) on March 26th, following a one-year hiatus. The three weekly services will be operated by the Airbus A350-900, and will complement the carrier’s existing 11 weekly flights to Japan – seven to Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) and four to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND).

Upgraded onboard cabins

Finnair has recently invested €200m ($215m) in enhancing its onboard experience. In February 2022, the airline unveiled its upgraded business class, premium economy, and economy class cabins, offering what it describes as a ‘modern, Nordic experience.’

Finnair's new business class seat on the Airbus A350-900

Photo: Finnair

The updated cabins will be available on flights to New York, Dallas, and Chicago this summer, and by 2024, the carrier’s entire long-haul fleet will boast the upgraded cabins. According to the latest data from, Finnair currently operates a widebody fleet of eight Airbus A330-300s and 17 Airbus A350-900s, with a further two Airbus A350-900s still to be delivered.

Have you traveled on Finnair between Helsinki and the US? Which route and aircraft did you fly on? Share your experiences by commenting below.


  • Finnair Airbus A350-941

    Reducing costs will play a key role in helping Finnair return to profitability. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying


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