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LONDON – Finnair will launch flights to Los Angeles (LAX) from Helsinki (HEL) on a three-times-per-week basis starting from March 31, 2019, with its flagship, the Airbus A350-900.

Los Angeles will be Finnair’s first US route to be regularly operated with their A350 aircraft.

Los Angeles will be Finnair’s fifth US destination and will join New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO), and Miami (MIA).

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Flight times to LAX will be around 11 hours and 10 hours and 30 minutes to Helsinki.

Additions to US Network

The Finnish carrier will also be making some additions to its summer network on flights to SFO and(ORD.

Both of these routes are to begin in April next year, including a fourth frequency to SFO by May.

In summary, California will receive seven weekly flights from Helsinki: four flights to San Francisco, and three flights to Los Angeles.

“We are very happy to expand our North American network and fly a new route to Los Angeles with our Airbus A350,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair.

“We opened our route to San Francisco two years ago with tremendous success, proving that California and the West Coast are very popular with our customers. We are confident that this new route to Los Angeles will garner the same level of interest moving forward.”

The new route to LAX is also going to be operated alongside the Atlantic joint venture business run between Finnair, American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia.

The four carriers operate over 100 daily return flights between Europe and North America.