Monday, 16 April 2018

Finnair extends Alaska Airlines partnership with new codeshares for the U.S. West Coast

Finnair announced this week, a new codeshare partnership with Alaska Airlines, which will further strengthen Finnair’s reach on the West Coast of the United States. Starting May 20, Finnair’s code will be added to flights operated by Alaska Airlines between San Francisco and the following cities: Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County and Palm Springs. The new codeshares will offer smooth connections for Finnair customers connecting in San Francisco, where Finnair operates from Helsinki with up to three weekly frequencies between May 3 and December 5, 2018.

“We are very happy to collaborate once again with Alaska Airlines on this new codeshare agreement,” says Philip Lewin, head of partnerships and alliances at Finnair. “The new codeshares will help us widen our network on the West Coast and offer more options for our customers. San Francisco is a key destination for Finnair and we have just extended the season until early December due to strong demand.”
"Our Mileage Plan members are now able to fly Finnair to over 60 destinations in Europe from San Francisco, as well as from Chicago, New York's JFK and Miami,” said Charles Breer, Alaska Airlines managing director of alliances. “We’re pleased to add this codeshare cooperation to our partnership, which offers our joint travellers greater convenience.”

Finnair and Alaska Airlines announced a frequent flyer partnership in May 2017, which enables members of both the Finnair Plus loyalty program and the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan to earn and redeem miles or points on flights operated by both airlines. 

Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than ten million passengers annually. In 2017, Finnair's extensive network connects 19 cities in Asia and 7 cities in North America with over 100 destinations in Europe. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, was the first European airline to fly the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and it 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.