AA Launches New Service from Chicago to Helsinki
Operating out of American's Gateway to the World terminal at O'Hare from May 1, 2011 through October 29, 2011, the new flight is one of the new routes declared last October 2011 as part of AA's trans-Atlantic joint business with British Airways and Iberia.
American's new non-stop service will be the second from the US to Helsinki, complementing oneworld partner Finnair's existing JFKHEL flight. AA is a founding member of the oneworld Alliance.
AA will fly the new route with its two-class Boeing 767-300 aircraft, offering 30 lie-flat business class seats and 195 seats in economy class.
The new Helsinki flight is in addition to new service launched by AA on April 5, 2011 from Los Angeles to Shanghai and from New York's John Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Budapest, Hungary, as well as additional service from Miami to Madrid and from JFK to Barcelona.
In June 2011, British Airways will launch new service between London and San Diego. In March 2011, Iberia began its new non-stop service from Madrid to Los Angeles and from Barcelona to Miami.
Loretta Kuss, regional director of passenger sales for Chicago at American Airlines, said: â€œThis is American's first flight to Finland, which is now the 10th European country that we serve nonstop from the US. The service will enable Finnish passengers to connect to nearly 75 destinations beyond Chicago, while allowing US passengers to connect to nearly 15 destinations across Scandinavia, the Baltics, Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Poland, Northern Germany and domestic markets in Finland.
â€œWe are delighted to be launching this new route and to be extending our reach into Northern Europe. We are also excited to be working closely with our partners at Finnair and believe this new service will be very popular with our customers.â€
Paavo Virkkunen, vice president responsible for oneworld relations at Finnair, said: "We are delighted that, through this cooperation, we will be able to offer our customers a new destination and to expand the route network in the United States. The new route underlines Helsinki as a connecting hub between continents and makes flights possible to 45 new connection destinations in North America."
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