85-year-old Finnair’s passion is the future of flying

November 1st, 2008 - 8:32 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Nordic carrier Finnair Saturday completed 85 years of service, making it one of the world’s oldest continuously operating airlines - and to mark the occasion, it served passengers with birthday cake on long-haul routes and European flights departing from Helsinki. Passengers on domestic and European short-haul traffic will be offered rowanberry sweets.

Finnair was founded under the name Aero in 1923. The airline’s first flight took place a year later when an aircraft flew 162 kg of mail to Estonian capital Tallinn from Helsinki’s Katajanokka aerodrome.

Now, with its modern fleet and direct flights, Finnair carries millions of passengers and kilos of cargo to more than 120 destinations around the world.

“The investment that began at the turn of the millennium in Asian traffic and efficient transit travel via Helsinki is still continuing strongly,” a company statement said.

In honour of its anniversary year Finnair is publishing an account of the future, in which it boldly looks 85 years ahead to 2093.

“In collaboration with experts, Finnair is highlighting captivating perspectives on the future of air travel,” the statement said.

The book, “Departure 2093 - Five Visions of Future Flying”, will be released Tuesday and will be sold at Helsinki’s Academic Bookstore and in Finnair Shops at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.

Also on Tuesday, a new website www.departure2093.com will open, where anyone can contribute their vision of the future of air travel.

In addition to the ideas of futurists, Finnair will celebrate its longevity amidst Asian contemporary art at the “Drawn in the Clouds” exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. The works of Japanese, Korean and Chinese contemporary artists can be admired until Feb 1, 2009.

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