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Japan Airlines to begin direct Tokyo Helsinki flights

Japan Airlines (JAL) today announced that the 25th February 2013 will be the launch date for its inaugural direct service between Tokyo (Narita) and Helsinki.

Located considerably closer to Japan than many European cities, Finland’s capital makes an excellent gateway for travellers connecting between Japan and Northern, Central and Eastern Europe. On top of that, Helsinki Airport offers one of the shortest Minimum Connection Times (time required for transfers between flights) – just 35 minutes, in a compact terminal that is also furnished throughout with clear directions and signage in several languages including Japanese, providing travellers a stress-free and comfortable transit. In comparison to its existing services to and from the region, JAL’s new Helsinki flights will offer customers the shortest and fastest connection between Japan and many more European cities.

JAL launches direct Helsinki service

JAL launches direct Helsinki service

In addition to JAL’s current nonstop links between Tokyo and London, Paris and Frankfurt, customers will soon have greater travel options to more cities throughout Europe with the latest addition to JAL’s European network and the comprehensive reach of fellow oneworld alliance member, Finnair, which include 41 destinations in Europe from its Helsinki hub. JAL will seek to further expand its network through deeper cooperation with Finnair in the near future.


Flight schedule of new Tokyo = Helsinki Service, commencing February 25, 2013.

Flight Number


Dep. Time

Arr. Time


Days of Operation


Narita – Helsinki




Mo, Tu, Th, Sa from February 25, 2013
Daily service planned for first half of FY2013.


Helsinki – Narita


10:15 + 1

  • The above schedule is subject to government approval.
  • The above timings may change after March 30, 2013 following the standard industry switch from winter to summer schedules.
  • The increase in frequency to a daily service is subject to the delivery schedule of the 787-8.

JAL Economy Special Helsinki Fare

To commemorate its new route, JAL is launching a campaign fare to the five Finnish cities of Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Ivalo, Kittila, Oulu and an Estonian city of Tallinn. Tickets will be on sale between the 12th  and 31st October for departures from the commencement of the service on the 25th February to 30th March 2013.



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