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Finnair to start flights to Kuala Lumpur in 2007

Finnair flights thrice a week to Kuala Lumpur through Bangkok.

April 5, 2006

Finnair announced on Wednesday its plans to meet strong growth in airline travel in Asia by starting a new flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The airline had purchased nine Airbus A350 jets last month. With a view to cashing in on strong demand from Asia, the airline said it will start at least one destination in Asian a year and also to increase the frequency of flights.

Demand for Asian destinations is growing , according to Finnair spokesman Mika Perho.

It may be noted that Finnair's passenger traffic went up by more than 5 percent last year. Routes to far east registered its highest growth at 17 per cent.

Finnair has in the recent past started new flights to Guangzhou in China, and Nagoya in Japan, apart from Edinburgh, Scotland, Geneva, Switzerland, Krakow and Florence.

From May next year (2007), Finnair would operate flights to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur thrice a week via Bangkok. It operates flights to 50 destinations, around half of which are in Europe. Finnair has a fleet of 60 aircraft.

The majority stake in Finair is owned the Finnish government.


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