Finnair

Finnair opens pioneering Via Spa at Helsinki-Vantaa

Pressmeddelande   •   Dec 10, 2009 09:13 CET

On 11 December, Finnair will open the new generation Via Spa in connection with
the modern Via Lounge at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. The lounge and spa will offer
unique wellness and comfort services, particularly for Finnair's transfer
passengers travelling between Europe and Asia.

The Via Lounge will be open to Finnair Plus and oneworld top-tier members and
business class customers free of charge and to all other customers for a fee.
Access to the Via Spa will be free of charge to Finnair Plus Platinum
cardholders, while all other customers are welcome to use the spa for a fee.

"The Via Spa environment is unique in the world of airports and will
communicate the fact that Finnair really cares for the wellbeing of its
customers. The natural freshness of Finland's nature is combined in spa
experience with the pure organic treatment ingredients. The high quality spa
will offer Finnair customers first-class spa and wellness services. The spa
will offer a spruce sauna and stone sauna from the Alps, a steam sauna and a
traditional Finnish sauna, which will provide a view over a mineral water pool
to the aircraft taxiways", says Markku Remes, Finnair's Customer Experience
Development Manager.

Behind the spa concept is an innovative ideology based on the more than 40
years' experience and research of the German spa pioneer Paul Haslauer. In
terms of its size and environment, the Via Spa is a unique complex offering
new-generation, naturopathic treatments. All of the spa's products are made of
pure, organic ingredients. The special services include short treatments
designed especially for transit passengers in rooms tailored for the purpose,
as well as a cold water paddling pool and a mineral water pool to alleviate
travel fatigue and the effects of jetlag.

The Via Spa and Via Lounge are located in the end section of the
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport terminal extension between Gates 36 and 37. The stylish
Via Lounge has room for around 250 customers and its services include six
private shower rooms, a diverse buffet, a Via Bar and various relaxation areas
with top-quality Samsung LED TVs. The interior design is by the Finnish company
Isku Interior Oy and represents the ideas of the best furniture designers.
Those who wish to work have at their disposal a free WI-FI network, work points
with iMAc PCs and Finnish Powerkiss work desks allowing wireless mobile phone
recharging. Multi-purpose facilities allow privacy for telephone calls.
Services will be provided in cooperation with Finnair's long-term partner SSP
Finland Oy.

These innovations are linked to the joint development work by Finnair, Finavia
and SSP Finland to improve the competitiveness of Helsinki-Vantaa. Since the
turn of the millennium, Finnair has purposefully increased its Asian traffic
passing through Helsinki-Vantaa. The number of Via Helsinki transit passengers
has remained favourable this year, even in a highly challenging competitive and
financial environment.

The Via Lounge is open from 06.00 to 24.00 and the Via Spa from 10.00 to 22.00.

For images of the Via Lounge and Via Spa, please visit www.finnair.com/gallery.
Spa services are also presented at the address www.finnair.com/spa.

Images can be found also from the picture gallery of Finavia from the following
address
http://finavia.materialbank.net/NiboWEB/finavia/showCartPublicContent.do?uuid=13
60023&random=409859&lang=fi

Finnair Plc
Communications
10 December 2009

Further information: Markku Remes, tel. +358 9 818 2478 or Finnair Media Desk
tel. +358 9 818 4020, SSP Finland Oy, Managing Director Kalle Ruuskanen, tel.
+358 20 762 9701.
media.desk(a)finnair.com, www.finnair.fi and www.helsinki-vantaa.fi.

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