Finnair Celebrates 60 Years of Heathrow – Helsinki Flights

The flight crew for Finnair's inauguration London flight. (Finnair)
The flight crew for Finnair's inauguration London flight.  (Finnair)
The flight crew for Finnair’s inauguration London flight. (Finnair)

Today marks an exciting anniversary for Finnair, the world’s sixth-oldest airline still in operation.  Exactly 60 years ago today, on September 1, 1954, Finnair began operating flights between London Heathrow and Helsinki.

60 years ago Finnair flew to Helsinki via Düsseldorff and Copenhagen, taking the whole day.  Nowadays flies from London Heathrow to Helsinki five times daily with a flight time of three hours.

Fredrik Charpentier, Finnair Sales Director for Europe West and North America commented; “Today we mark an important milestone in Finnair’s 90 years of history, our 60th anniversary of flying from London Heathrow to Helsinki.  Since Finnair began flying this route in 1954 we have increased frequency of flights from just a few flights per week to five flights daily.  We continue to see that the Heathrow to Helsinki route is increasingly important for travellers especially those wishing to connect onto routes further afield, particularly to destinations in Asia, with connection times in Helsinki as short as 35 minutes.”