Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Finnair grows its operations in China, operates three weekly flights to new Beijing Daxing International Airport as of November 2019

Finnair adds capacity to Beijing with three weekly flights to the new Beijing Daxing International Airport, which opens for operation by 30 September, 2019. Finnair will operate to Beijing International Daxing Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays as of 3rd November, 2019 with an Airbus A330 aircraft. The new frequencies are in addition to Finnair’s daily flights to Beijing Capital Airport.  

“With the new flights, we are proud to offer even better connections between Beijing and our 100 destinations in Europe”, says Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair. “Our aim is to continue to grow our presence in China. The new Beijing Daxing International Airport will become a key hub for international travel to and from China and will serve our customers well.” 

“We are grateful for the support and collaboration from both authorities and our partners in opening the new Daxing flights”, Orvér adds.   

The new frequencies connect smoothly to Finnair’s network of over 100 destinations in Europe, allowing travellers short flight times and convenient transfers via Helsinki.  

Finnair operates to seven destinations in Greater China, and China is among Finnair’s top markets globally. This spring, Finnair announced codeshare collaborations with Juneyao Air and with China Southern, which brought 13 new Chinese destinations to Finnair’s customers.

Mika Stirkkinen appointed CFO, Pekka Vähähyyppä to leave Finnair; Johanna Karppi appointed SVP People & Culture

Finnair’s Chief Financial Officer, Pekka Vähähyyppä, will leave the company as of 1 July 2019. Mika Stirkkinen (MSc. Econ.), 51, who currently heads Finnair’s revenue management and pricing, has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Finnair Executive Board as of 1 July 2019. Stirkkinen’s previous roles in his career at Finnair include interim Chief Commercial Officer, interim Chief Financial Officer and 12 years as VP Group Treasurer.

Johanna Karppi (LL.M., trained on the bench), 51, has been appointed as Senior Vice President, People & Culture at Finnair as of 1 October 2019. Karppi currently works as SVP, Human Resources at Terveystalo, and has previously held human-resources leadership positions at both Rautaruukki and Orion.

Finnair CEO, Topi Manner, says: "I want to warmly thank Pekka for the great work he has done in Finnair’s transformation, and in developing our financial management over the past years. I wish him every success in his future endeavors. I'm also happy he has agreed to represent Finnair on Norra’s (Nordic Regional Airlines) board of directors."

"I’m very pleased to welcome Mika Stirkkinen to the Finnair Executive Board. In his previous roles, Mika has proven his ability to take on challenging tasks, including serving in interim roles on the Finnair Executive Board."

"We also warmly welcome Johanna Karppi to Finnair. Johanna has a proven track record in developing the employee experience – a key area for our success. Employee and leadership development are extremely important for Finnair. So too are employee satisfaction and customer satisfaction, which strongly correlate with each other and sit together at the core of our strategy."

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