‘Finnair’ (Finnish: Finnair Oyj, Swedish: Finnair Abp) is the flag carrier and largest airline of Finland, with its headquarters in Vantaa on the grounds of Helsinki Airport, its hub. Finnair and its subsidiaries dominate both domestic and international air travel in Finland. Finnair is a member of the ‘Oneworld’ airline alliance and its major shareholder is the Finnish government. Finnair is the sixth oldest airline in continuous operation and is consistently listed as one of the safest in the world. The company slogans are ‘Designed for you’ and ‘The Nordic Way’. Consul Bruno Lucander founded Finnair in 1923 as ‘Aero O/Y’ (‘Aero Ltd’ or ‘Aero Osake-yhtiö’): the first flight was on 20 March 1924 from Helsinki to Tallinn, Estonia. World War II was a difficult period for the airline and in the
immediate postwar period the Finnish government wanted longer routes, so it acquired a majority stake in the company in 1946 and re-established services to Europe in November 1947. In 1953, the airline began branding itself as Finnair. In 1988, Finnair launched a Helsinki-Beijing route, making it the first Western European carrier to fly non-stop between Europe and China. In 1999, Finnair joined the Oneworld airline alliance. As of 2022, it transported about 2.9 million passengers, a substantial decrease from 2019 as COVID-19 pandemic shut down airports and airlines due to travel restrictions. At the end of 2022, the airline employed 5325 people. The group’s parent company is Finnair Plc, which is listed on the ‘Nasdaq Helsinki Stock Exchange’. The State of Finland is the major shareholder (55.8% as of 2014), with no other shareholder owning more than 5% of shares. Finnair has several partnerships with companies and airlines, including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Deutsche Bahn (DB), Chinese JD.com, Japan Airlines and Marimekko.