Finnair, a member of oneworld, has just announced their plans to fly to Tokyo’s Haneda airport. The airline currently operates up to twice daily flights to Tokyo Narita, in addition to some other destinations in Japan such as Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Sapporo.
Finnair will continue flying to Narita once daily, but will remove their additional frequency to Narita and instead fly to Haneda beginning 29 March 2020. The airline will operate the flight with their flagship aircraft, the Airbus A350-900 XWB. The flight schedule is as follows:
HEL – HND 00:50 – 17:15
HND – HEL 01:35 – 05:30
Finnair features a Business Class and Economy Class product on all of their flights. The airline’s Business Class product is generally quite good – with the updated Business Class product on the A350 being in a 1-2-1 configuration. Finnair’s catering is delicious and the crews are usually very friendly. Helsinki Airport is very convenient for transiting through and Finnair is expected to open an updated lounge in the Non-Schengen area of the airport.
Helsinki’s unique location allows Finnair to operate the quickest flights from Europe to Asia, also making it convenient for anyone in Europe to fly to Asia via Helsinki. Finnair operates a number of cool routes to various Asian destinations – some of which include Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Phuket, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, and many more. Award availability on Asian routes is quite good and it usually isn’t a problem finding more than 1 award seat per flight.
Finnair’s new route to Tokyo Haneda will allow for a more convenient option as Haneda Airport is much closer to Tokyo than Narita is. Connection opportunities on oneworld partner Japan Airlines will allow for a smooth transfer for passengers. The arrival time into Tokyo will allow passengers to either transit same day to various destinations or spend the night in Tokyo and fly the following day, should they wish to visit the Japanese city.