Finnair And Turkish Airlines Launch Codeshare Partnership

Finnish national flag carrier Finnair has signed a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines to help offer its customers more choices. In a statement released on September 23, 2021, Finnair said that starting from September 29, 2021, Finnairs’ AY code will be added to the Turkish Airlines flights between Helsinki and Istanbul and several destinations from Istanbul.

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Finnair is based at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL). Photo: Getty Images

The destinations are as follows:

  • Athens
  • Sofia
  • Thessaloniki
  • Amman Sharm El Sheikh
  • Hurghada
  • Luxor
  • Antalya
  • Gazipasa

Reciprocating, Finnair will add Turkish Airlines TK code on Finnair flights from Helsinki to Kuopio, Vaasa, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Reykjavik, Tallinn, Tartu, Riga, Vilnius, Antalya, and Gazipasa.

The codeshare is suitable for both airlines

When speaking about the new codeshare agreement in a company statement Finnair Chief Commercial Officer, Ole Orvér said:

“We are happy to be able to offer more options to our customers, as travel now starts to recover and our customers are again able to fulfill their travel dreams. We also welcome Turkish Airlines’ customers to explore the beautiful Nordics through our extensive network of connections from Helsinki.”

When speaking about what it thought about the codeshare agreement in the same statement Turkish Airlines Chief Investment & Technology Officer Ahmet, Bolat said;

“We are glad to expand our current interline cooperation in terms of this codeshare agreement with Finnair. With the introduction of joint flights on several destinations in Finland, Turkey and Baltics, Iceland, South Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, passengers would enjoy more travel alternatives through the combined flights.”

About Turkish Airlines

From its main base at Istanbul Airport (IST) in the district of Arnavutköy on the European side of Istanbul, Turkish Airlines flies to more countries and international destinations than any other airline in the world. Turkish Airlines operates regularly scheduled flights to 315 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, making it the largest mainline carrier globally by passenger numbers.

According to the aviation data and statistics website ch-aviation Turkish Airlines fleet comprises the following aircraft:

  • 3 x Airbus A310-300Fs
  • 6 x Airbus A319-100s
  • 12 x Airbus A320-200s
  • 66 x Airbus A321-200s
  • 31 x Airbus A321-200neos
  • 14 x Airbus A330-200s
  • 10 x Airbus A330-200Fs
  • 39 x Airbus A330-300s
  • 5 x Airbus A350-900s
  • 17 x Boeing 737 MAX 8s
  • 3 x Boeing 737MAX9s
  • 94 x Boeing 737-800s
  • 15 x Boeing 737-900ERs
  • 2 x Boeing 747-400ERFs
  • 8 x Boeing 777-200Fs
  • 33 x Boeing 777-300ERs
  • 15 x Boeing 787-9s
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By passenger numbers, Turkish Airlines is the world’s largest. Photo: Getty Images

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About Finnair

As a member of the oneworld Alliance, from its base in Helsinki, Finnair specializes in connecting passengers and cargo between Asia and Europe. Because of Helsinki’s geographical location, Finnair can fly the shortest route between Europe and Asia. Finnair says it is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2045 and will reduce its net emissions by 50% by the end of 2025. According to ch-aviation Finnair has the following aircraft in its fleet:

  • 6 x Airbus A319-100s
  • 10 X Airbus A320-200s
  • 19 x Airbus A321-200s
  • 8 x Airbus A330-300s
  • 16 x Airbus A350-900s
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Finnair offers the shortest route between Europe and Asia. Photo: Getty Images

These days, most airlines have codeshare agreements with other carriers, and unlike the case with Turkish Airlines and Finnair, they are usually both members of the same alliance. Finnair is a member of the oneworld alliance, whereas Turkish Airlines belongs to the Star Alliance.

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