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Japan Airlines’ 10th anniversary at Helsinki Airport was marked with a celebration rich in tradition

Article published
2.7.2023 at 12:00
Japan Airlines lentokoneen crew ja Sakura Queenit lavalla
Japan Airlines’ 10-year journey at Helsinki Airport was celebrated at the airport on 1 July 2023. The festivities were held at the departure gate for their anniversary flight to Tokyo, featuring Moomin characters, Sakura Queens, origami and Japanese-inspired delicacies to mark a decade of strong cooperation between Japan Airlines and Finavia.

The 10th anniversary of Japan Airlines’ Helsinki–Tokyo connection was celebrated at Helsinki Airport on Saturday, 1 July 2023. The event held at the departure gate for the flight to Tokyo was attended by invited guests and a large number of passengers preparing the board their flight.

Japan Airlinesin 10-vuotisjuhlan tunnelmia

Image: Moomintroll, Little My and Snufkin visited the departure gate of the Tokyo flight.

“The 10th anniversary of Japan Airlines flights at Helsinki Airport is strong evidence of our highly effective cooperation. At Finavia, we are proud to have contributed to developing smooth connections and cultural ties between Finland and Japan. This milestone is another example of our active efforts to promote Finland’s international connectivity,” says Petri Vuori, Senior Vice President, Sales and Route Development at Finavia.

Japan Airlines currently operates direct flights from Helsinki Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport five days a week.

Petri Vuori puhumassa JAL:n juhlassa

Image: Petri Vuori, SVP, Sales and Route Development represented Finavia at the event.

His Excellency Fujimura Kazuhiro, the Ambassador of Japan to Finland, also attended the event. He delivered a speech to the audience gathered in the gate area, highlighting the importance of the Helsinki-Tokyo route for the connectivity of Europe and Asia.

Japanin Suomen-suurlähettiläs puhumassa

Image: His Excellency Fujimura Kazuhiro stressed the importance of route connections between Finland and Japan.

Remarks were also delivered by Ross LeggettSenior Vice President, Route Marketing of Japan Airlines and Fredrik WildtgrupeSenior Vice President, Alliances & Airlines Partnerships of Finnair.

Japan Airlinesin 10-vuotisjuhlan puhujat

Image: Petri Vuori of Finavia (left), Ambassador Fujimura Kazuhiro, Ross Leggett of JAL and Fredrik Wildtgrupe of Finnair.

Japanese traditions and Finnish culture came together at the airport

At the event, Japanese traditions were represented by the elegant Sakura Queens as well as ornately served Japanese delicacies. The passengers on hand also got to try making origami.

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Image: Sakura Queens are cultural ambassadors between Finland and Japan.

Ruokatarjoilua JAL:n juhlissa

Image: Matcha cakes and tea, sourced from Helsinki Airport, were served at the gate of the Tokyo flight.

Origameja, joita matkustajat pääsivät itse taittamaan

Image: Passengers got to try their hand at making origami into different shapes.

Japan Airlinesin 10-vuotisjuhlan origamien taittelua

Image: Sakura Queens instructed passengers in origami.

Finnish culture was represented by Moomin characters. They greeted the passengers and wished them a pleasant journey. Moomintroll, Little My and Snufkin are the most popular Moominvalley residents in Japan.

Muumihahmoja JAL:n juhlissa

Image: The Moomins were a hit, especially with younger passengers.

The traditional festivities did not end at the gate area, as the Helsinki Airport community honoured the departing flight to Tokyo with an impressive water greeting that is a tradition in aviation.

Vesitervehdys lähtevälle Tokion-lennolle

Image: Finavia's rescue service organised a spectacular water salute for the departing Tokyo flight.

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