of aviation history
This year marks an exciting anniversary for Finnair. Exactly 90 years ago, on 1 November 1923, Bruno Lucander founded Finnair and began its successful history of aviation.
In the first years, Aero O/Y, as Finnair was then known, was a small seaplane fleet based in Helsinki’s harbour in Katajanokka. In May 1937 the first scheduled flights with two newly acquired D.H. 89A Dragon Rapides took off from Helsinki to Viipuri and a couple days later from Helsinki to Tampere. The fleet and passenger numbers grew gradually, and in 1952, the year of the Olympic Games in Helsinki, Aero carried more than 100,000 passengers for the first time. 1952 also saw the opening of the Helsinki Airport, making it our new home base after Malmi Airport. In spring 1953, Aero introduced the name Finnair in its marketing – it became the company’s official name in June 1968.
The 1970s saw the addition of more new aircraft, with the first DC-9s ordered mainly for domestic flights. In the 1980s Finnair became the first operator to fly non-stop from Western Europe to Japan, launching the trend to head east that Finnair continues even today. In 1983 Finnair introduced non-stop flights to both Seattle and Los Angeles, thus connecting passengers across the Atlantic as well.
The new millennium has seen Finnair transform into the number one airline between Europe and Asia. We are the airline designed for you.
To celebrate our 90th anniversary, Eric Bruun, a famous Finnish graphic designer, designed a special poster in honour of Finnair’s 90 years of aviation history.
Passengers on long-haul flights will also be reminded of the anniversary on board, when a special Finnair 90th anniversary edition of Donald Duck magazine is given to everyone, big and small.
From its humble beginnings, Finnair has grown into one of the biggest airlines in Europe today. Along with the current outlook east, and our new partnerships across the Atlantic, we are looking forward to a bright future ahead flying on blue and white wings.
Please check out our YouTube channel for videos highlighting our 90th anniversary.