Finnair is returning to Los Angeles.
This is not Finnair’s first attempt to serve Los Angeles, but it has been many years. This time, the carrier will operate an A350-900 aircraft on the route, which is one of my favorite airplanes. Based upon the assigned flight numbers, it appears this will be Finnair’s flagship route:
AY1 Helsinki to Los Angeles dep 4:40 P.M. arr 5:40 P.M. [11hrs]
AY2 Los Angeles to Helsinki dep 7:50 P.M. arr 4:05 P.M. (+1 day) [10hrs, 35min]
The new flight will begin on March 31, 2019 and operate 3x weekly (Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday).
These are excellent flight times in both directions (though the 2hr, 10min turn is fairly ambitious for Los Angeles…). The outbound from Helsinki gives you a relaxing day in the city or plenty of time to connect before the flight to LA. In the other direction, the late evening departure maximizes sleep time and still allows for same-day onward connections via Helsinki to Continental Europe or Asia.
Although I am primarily loyal to Star Alliance, I had not just a good but superb flight on Finnair aboard the A350 from Helsinki to Beijing. I loved the transit experience in Helsinki and the onboard business class seat and soft product was superb. The Finnair lounge even has a sauna!
Award Space Already Loaded
Award space is already available on the new route. It won’t show on AA.com, but you can check space using the British Airways website and then call AA to book. AA charges 57.5K for a one-way ticket (even with an onward connection within Europe) and no fuel surcharge. Meanwhile, BA charges 90,000 miles simply for the LAX-HEL flight and adds a hefty fuel surcharge on top of over $500 each way. I do not recommend booking this trip with BA, though if you received the 90K miles from Iberia Avios and transferred them to British Airways, it still represents a pretty sweet deal.
I hope to return to Finland and experience Finnair again on this Los Angeles new service.
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