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The Finnish cabin crew and aviation unions have called off the proposed strikes between Friday 15th November and Saturday 23rd November 2013.
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If you have booked through British Airways to travel on a Finnair flight on 15 or 16 November and your flight is cancelled, or you would like to change your travel dates, you can continue to do so by calling your local British Airways office.

Flights operated by British Airways to or from Helsinki, are not affected.

How to contact BA

From the UK: 0844 493 0787 (06:00-20:00 local time)
From Finland: +358 9 693 79538 (09:00-17:00 local time, Monday – Friday)

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has granted anti-trust immunity to a joint business between Japan Airlines, Finnair and British Airways. (Finnair flies daily from Helsinki to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.) This opens the way for Finnair to join the existing joint business between Japan Airlines and British Airways. The agreement will allow all three airlines to cooperate commercially on flights between Europe and Japan. British Airways operates from Heathrow to Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports and Japan Airlines daily operates from Tokyo to London and Paris Frankfurt and Helsinki.

Finnair plane flying from Japan


The new joint business is expected to be launched next Spring. The addition of Finnair will further enhance customer benefits by providing better links between the EU and Japan, with more flight choices and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. In addition, this new joint business will allow the three airlines to cooperate on expanding their presence within, to and from this important and growing market.

The revenue-sharing agreement will strengthen the oneworld® alliance and enable it to compete more effectively around the world with other global alliances.

President of JAL, Yoshiharu Ueki, said “Amid the evolving Japanese aviation industry, the ATI will enable us to build a stronger value-creating relationship with British Airways and Finnair that can further benefit our customers as well as our business.”

Pekka Vauramo, CEO of Finnair, said, “We are glad we are now one step closer to starting the cooperation with JAL and British Airways to provide our customers with better connections between the EU Japan.”



Keith Williams, chief executive of British Airways said, “Today’s decision by the MLIT will benefit the customers of all three airlines by allowing us to explore ways to improve the connections between East and West.”




In the last few days, Finnair has announced plans to more closely co-operate with British Airways on flights to Japan.

FinnairBritish Airways currently operates a joint-service agreement with fellow oneworld member JAL on flights between the UK & Japan. This agreement allows the airlines to share revenue as well co-ordinate schedules and fares on direct flights between London Heathrow & Tokyo as well as on connecting flights to whole host of onward destinations. Finnair has now applied to the relevant aviation authorities in the EU and Japan to join this partnership, with operations expected to commence towards the end of this year.

Commenting on the plan, CEO Pekka Vaurumo stated: “Japan is one of Finnair’s core markets and we look forward to the benefits this strategic joint business agreement will bring to our customers and other stakeholders”.

AMERICAN AIRLINES NEW LOOKThis move by the Finnish carrier follows on from a similar agreement, operationally effective from today, to join the joint service agreement between British Airways, Iberia & American Airlines on fights between Europe and the USA. From today, Finnair passengers can much more easily access bookings on the other 3 carriers while, in return, Finnair will ease connections on routes within Finland, Scandinavia and beyond. With immediate effect, Finnair has added its AY code to all transatlantic flights on British Airways, Iberia & American Airlines.

As a result of this increased co-operation, customers of the 4 airlines will now have access to 102 daily round trips between 42 different destinations across Europe & the USA.

For British Airways in particular, flights between London and the USA form its most important market and the airline is keen to both defend and strengthen its position. As already reported, Delta & Virgin Atlantic have also applied to form their own joint service agreement on flights across the Atlantic while, next year, the opening of Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 will allow British Airways’ competitors to better co-ordinate routes and schedules at the airline’s home base.

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