40 Years of Joy: Finnair Spreads Christmas Spirit with Santa
In a world where the magic of Christmas illuminates every corner, Finnair takes the holiday spirit to soaring heights with none other than the jolly man himself – Santa Claus. This year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Finnair's enchanting partnership with the world's most famous gift-giver.
Since 1983, Finnair has held the privilege of being Santa Claus's official airline, embarking on an extraordinary worldwide journey. Together, they unveil Finland's mesmerising beauty and sow seeds of joy and wonder, touching the hearts of countless children and even those adults who still embrace the magic of Christmas.
At the heart of this magical partnership, you'll find Finnair's heartwarming collaboration with the Santa Claus Foundation, an organisation whose mission is to promote the well-being of children all around the world. This year, Santa's adventure takes him to captivating destinations such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore and Delhi. There, he visits local children, preschools, kindergartens, and hospitals, leaving behind a trail of smiles and a sprinkle of Christmas spirit wherever he treads.
Jari Ahjoharju from the Santa Foundation shares, “The excitement is palpable when Santa touches down. People of all ages eagerly gather to seize a cherished photo opportunity with the authentic Finnish Santa Claus recognised by his bushy long beard and timeless, friendly and kind looking essence.
But it's not just about Santa's unmistakable charm and charisma; it's about something much deeper. "For us, it's, of course, crucial to remind the world that Santa hails from the enchanting land of Finland," he adds with a twinkle in his eye. "Spreading that message is a cherished part of our mission. Equally significant is the charity work we undertake with children."
As the world unites in the enchanting aura of Christmas, Finnair's timeless partnership with Santa Claus reminds us all that the true magic of the season is in giving, spreading joy and ensuring that every child, no matter where they are in the world, experiences the warmth and wonder of this extraordinary time of year.