Exactly 90 years since Finnair’s first commercial flight
Today marks exactly 90 years since Finnair’s first commercial flight took place. On March 20, 1924, a Junkers F13 D-335 seaplane transported 162 kilograms of mail from Katajanokka in Helsinki to Tallinn, Estonia. The founding documents of the company, then known as Aero Oy, had been signed on November 1 the previous year.
Finnair operates the anniversary nine decades later, as it flies 43 aircraft to more than 60 destinations around the world, employing nearly 6000 people and carrying 9.3 million passengers a year.
In future developments, later this year Finnair is due to enter a joint business on EU-Japan traffic with fellow oneworld partners British Airways and Japan Airlines. In 2015, it will become the first European airline to operate the next-generation Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.
The Finnish Airline Pilots’ Association and the Finnish Aviation Museum are organising a joint celebration to mark the 90th anniversary at noon on March 20 at Matruusinpuisto Park in Helsinki’s Katajanokka district. The event is open to all aviation enthusiasts. Weather permitting, the event will also feature a visit by a seaplane.
[pictured: Finnair London inauguration flight, 1954; courtesy Finnair]