Finnair celebrates 40 years as ‘Official Airline of Santa Claus’
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The flag carrier’s partnership with Finland’s most famous resident started in 1983, when Finnair flew its first direct flight from Helsinki to Tokyo via the North Pole – a route which now operates once again after nearly 30 years.
This winter, Finnair and The Santa Claus Foundation are flying the world’s most famous gift-giver from his home in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland, to seven Finnair destinations across Asia: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, and Delhi.
The annual tradition sees Santa visiting local children, preschools, kindergartens and hospitals in countries around the globe, delivering presents and Christmas magic. Anssi Partanen, Finnair Market Director Europe, said: “Finnair’s partnership with Santa Claus reminds us that the true magic of Christmas is in giving and ensuring every child gets to experience the warmth and wonder of the festive season.
“For forty years Finnair has helped make dreams come true for children around the world and we look forward to touching the hearts of countless more children and adults who still embrace the magic of Christmas.” Jari Ahjoharju, Santa Foundation CEO, said: “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.
“Each Christmas, it fills us with pride to remind the world that Santa hails from the enchanting land of Finland. Spreading that message is a cherished part of our mission. Equally significant is the charity work we undertake with children.”
Today, the airline continues to support Santa in his work to spread Christmas cheer through its charity partner, The Santa Claus Foundation. Established in 2000, Claus’ foundation is dedicated to improving children’s well-being around the world.
Each Christmas, the Finnish airline proudly flies Santa Claus from his home in the Arctic Circle to destinations around the world, including China, Singapore and Japan, giving those around the world a chance to feel the magic of Christmas at home.
Those looking to take a trip to Lapland, and see the big man himself, can enjoy year-round flights to a range of airports in the heart of Lapland, including Rovaniemi – The Official Hometown of Santa Claus. Those looking for an Arctic adventure in Lapland can enjoy return fares from London starting at £244 in Economy Class and £661 in Business Class, including all taxes and charges.
All services have been specifically timed to allow for easy connections from the UK & Ireland, with smooth and easy transfers in Helsinki from as little as 35 minutes.
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