Finnair takes additional measures to accommodate A350 pilot training, temporarily suspends Chongqing flights for four months in spring 2017

Finnair is temporarily suspending its flights between Helsinki and Chongqing from January 11, 2017 to May 2, 2017, as part of the airline's measures to create adequate room for pilot training for its A350 operations. Finnair is preparing to grow its operations as the deliveries of Airbus A350 aircraft will continue in 2017, and this requires Airbus A350 training for Finnair's A330 pilots. During the trainings, the pilots are away from normal flight duties, and this puts a temporary strain on Finnair's pilot resources.

All Finnair customers with tickets on the flights that are affected by this temporary measure will be contacted by Finnair or their travel agency to offer a suitable rerouting, change of travel date or alternatively, a refund of the ticket price.

"We apologize for the disruption this is causing to our customers' travel plans, and will do our very best to find a suitable solution for each passenger, during this temporary period when we do not operate to Chongqing," says Jaakko Schildt, Chief Operating Officer at Finnair.

Finnair will resume flights from Helsinki to Chongqing on May 3, 2017, returning to normal year-round operations. Other measures to adjust the traffic program to accommodate for the A350 trainings include a two month wet lease on Finnair's New York route which was announced last week and a cancellation of some of Finnair's flights to Nagoya in the spring of 2017. 

Further information:
Finnair Media Desk, +358 9 818 4020, comms(a),
Finnair blog:

About Finnair
Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than ten million passengers annually and connecting 17 cities in Asia with more than 60 destinations in Europe. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, is the European launch customer of the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. The only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past seven years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld, the alliance of the world's leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.

About Us

Finnair is specialised in flying between Europe and Asia via Helsinki. Finnair's strategy is based on the growing markets in Asia, the fastest connections between Europe and Asia, high-quality service, and cost-efficient, punctual operations. Founded in 1923, Finnair is one of the world's oldest continuously operating airlines. It is a member of oneworld, the leading airline alliance for quality-conscious business travelers.