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Finnair is the national airline of Finland. It is one of the oldest airlines in the world, established back in November 1923 as Aero O/Y. It is also one of the safest airlines in the world, with no fatal accidents since 1963. Finnair is a member of the Oneworld airlines alliance, and its frequent flyer program is called Finnair Plus. Its 73 planes fly to 86 destinations in Asia and Australia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East including Israel.

Finnair operates 2-3 weekly flights between Helsinki and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport by Airbus A320. During Winter season Finnair operates a charter flight from Helsinki to Ovda.

Information correct as of March 2017

Why Fly With Finnair

How to Check-in

The best way is to check-in in advance online or on your mobile device. Check-in period opens 36 hours before departure. If you have a connecting flight to or from the USA, this option starts from 24 hours before your flight. You can also register to the automatic check-in service, so if you haven’t done the online check-in, Finnair will automatically check you in and send the boarding pass to your smartphone. If you depart in the morning, you will receive the confirmation between 17:00-19:00. If you depart in the afternoon, you will receive the confirmation approximately three hours before departure. You can also check-in at the airport’s kiosks, or go to the check-in counters. On your flight from Tel Aviv to Europe, you must complete the process no later than one hour prior to departure. On your return flight to Israel, you may do so until 45 minutes before. You must be at the gate no later than 15 minutes before the takeoff.

Baggage Allowances and Fees

All passengers may board the cabin with at least one piece of hand luggage. Business Class travelers and elite members of the frequent flyer program may board with two items, each with maximum dimensions 56x45x25 cm plus one personal item, with the maximum combined weight 10 kg. All other passengers may bring one carry-on item and one personal item with maximum combined weight 8 kg. Economy Class has three fares: Light have no checked baggage allowance, but you may purchase extra baggage for €20 per direction. Value has one bag, and Pro has two bags, same as Business Class and Business Saver. The maximum size is 158 cm (height+length+width) and up to 23 kg. Business Class will not be charged for excess weight up to 32 kg per item.

Seating

A free seat will be allocated to you during the check-in process. However, you can purchase a seat in advance to guarantee a comfortable trip. Economy Comfort seats in the first five rows of Economy Class include extra 8-13 cm legroom and cost €65–€85 or 15,000 Finnair Plus points. Extra legroom seats on exit rows and the front of the plane will give you 127-140 cm legroom for €15–€60 or 5,000–15,000 Finnair Plus points. If you want to make sure you get a window or an aisle seat, or sit together with your travel companion, purchase a seat for €6–€20 or 2,000–7,000 Finnair Plus points. Free Elite members of the frequent flyer program and some fares include a free choice of a seat.

Booking Fees

In some markets, there is a credit card payment fee. Luckily, when you depart from Israel, there is no such fee. If you are not sure about the booking, you may hold the ticket for 72 hours for $20. This fee will be charged only if you didn’t purchase the ticket.

Service on Board

You can pick a theme combos or can mix and match your own meal. Finnair always serves free coffee, tea, water and Finnair’s signature drink – blueberry juice. You can also pre-order a meal between penne pasta bolognese, chicken breast with mashed potatoes and sage sauce, or Indian vegetable masala for €12 or 4,000 Finnair Plus points. Business Class travelers can choose between three main courses and three different meals designed for you. Every meal is accompanied by a selection of beverages and wines.

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