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Qatar Airways Celebrates the Arrival of Its Inaugural Flight to Helsinki

Qatar Airways celebrated the arrival of its inaugural flight to Helsinki on 10 October with an event attended by Finnish VIPs, honoured guests from the travel industry and media. The evening was hosted by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, who welcomed dignitaries including Finnish Ambassador to Qatar, Her Excellency Mrs. Riitta Swan; Qatari Ambassador to Finland, His Excellency Mr. Saud bin Abdullah Zaid Al-Mahmoud; and Finnish professional racing driver, Mr. Mika Salo.

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Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker and Finavia President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kari Savolainen make an official exchange of gifts at the press conference in Helsinki

The Masters of Ceremonies – two of Finland’s most recognised TV and radio personalities – Vappu Pimiä and Sebastian Rejman entertained the delegation throughout the night’s proceedings.

H.E. Mr. Al Baker said: “I am very happy to be here tonight celebrating the launch of our flights to Helsinki, our fourth gateway into the Nordics from our hub in Doha. Qatar Airways is proud to be the first Middle East airline to serve Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and now Helsinki. We have a special relationship with the people in this region and I am pleased to be able to offer them an additional service connecting them to the Middle East, Asia and beyond.”

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VIP guests at the press conference in Helsinki included Finland’s Ambassador to Qatar, Her Excellency, Mrs. Riitta Swan and Qatar’s Ambassador to Finland, His Excellency Mr. Saoud Abdulla Z. Al-Mahmoud who were welcomed by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive

Qatar Airways’ first flight touched down at Helsinki airport on 10 October where it was welcomed by a VIP delegation from Finland, including Finland’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Mrs. Anne Berner. The award-winning airline will fly to and from Helsinki daily with an Airbus A320 aircraft, which offers 120 seats in the Economy Class cabin and 12 seats in the Business Class cabin.

Qatar Airways is proud to be the first Middle East airline to serve Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and now Helsinki.

Helsinki is the airline’s 12th new destination this year. Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines, with a new aircraft being delivered approximately every 10 days. Continuing its path of expansion the airline will add new routes to Krabi on 6 December, the Seychelles on 12 December and Auckland on 5 February 2017.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Doha (DOH) to Helsinki (HEL) QR299 departs: 01:35 arrives: 08:10
Helsinki (HEL) to Doha (DOH) to QR300 departs: 10:55 arrives: 17:15

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
Doha (DOH) to Helsinki (HEL) QR301 departs: 08:15 arrives: 14:50
Helsinki (HEL) to Doha (DOH) QR302 departs: 17:45 arrives 00:05+1