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Finnair Introduces New Route From Helsinki to Seattle in June 2022

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Finnair, a Oneworld airline, is launching flights from Helsinki, Finland to Seattle, Washington starting in summer 2022 — a great addition to the Oneworld alliance network.

The Route

Starting June 1, 2022, Finnair will fly an A330 aircraft from Helsinki (HEL) to Seattle (SEA) according to the following schedule on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays:

  • Depart Helsinki 5:55 p.m. — Arrive Seattle 5:40 p.m.
  • Depart Seattle 7:20 p.m. — Arrive Helsinki 2:50 p.m.

Why Seattle?

Seattle is the headquarters of Boeing, Amazon, and Microsoft, among many other tech companies, so it’s certainly a place Europeans want to do business in.

But perhaps the real reason Seattle-Tacoma International Airport makes a great destination for Finnair is that it is a hub for new Oneworld member Alaska Airlines. Finnair passengers can connect to other cities served by Alaska, and Alaska can also feed those local passengers onto Finnair long-haul flights.

How To Use Miles To Fly Finnair

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Booking Finnair is a great use of both American Airlines AAdvantage and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles.

From Seattle (or anywhere in the continental U.S.) to Europe, one-way costs in Finnair Nordic Business Class are 70,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles or 57,500 American AAdvantage miles.

Other Frequencies

In addition to services from Helsinki (HEL) to Dallas (DFW), New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), and now Seattle (SEA), Finnair is increasing service from Stockholm (ARN) to New York (JFK), now serving the city daily, and also Los Angeles (LAX), upping the service to 4 times per week.

Unlike many long-haul airlines that only serve 1 particular foreign country, Finnair is unique in that it has service from both Finland and Sweden, making it a perfect airline to fly for anyone wanting to visit a Nordic country.

Final Thoughts

It’s always welcome when an airline launches a new long-haul route, and the new Helsinki to Seattle route from Finnair is no exception as it’s certainly a great addition for Oneworld flyers.

With the new Seattle service, passengers in the Pacific Northeast now have access to another European city, and with Alaska’s addition into the Oneworld alliance, Finnair will be able to capitalize off of new passengers that will now be able to transit seamlessly through Seattle.

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James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.

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