HELSINKI AND VANTAA, Finland, Oct. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Finnair and Finnish
design house Marimekko are teaming up to enhance the air travel
experience with a new design partnership. From spring 2013 all Finnair
aircraft will feature a Marimekko for Finnair collection of textiles
and tableware, featuring Marimekko's classic patterns. The Marimekko
for Finnair collection is specially designed to add a light and fresh
visual and tactile dimension to the onboard experience, while
lightening the airline's carbon footprint as well.
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Two of Finnair's long-haul aircraft will also wear livery based on
Marimekko designs. An Airbus A340 featuring Maija Isola's iconic
Unikko floral print from 1964 is already operating between Helsinki and
Finnair's Asian destinations, and it will be followed by another
aircraft in Marimekko livery in spring 2013.
"Finnair has a strong design heritage, and this cooperation brings our
design thinking to a new level," says Mika Vehviläinen, Finnair CEO. "Our goal is to become a design airline, and bring our
customers unique experiences for all five senses. Cooperation with
Marimekko is an important step towards this target. Finnair aircraft
will become roving ambassadors of timeless Finnish design and
creativity, giving our customers a special experience when they fly
"We hope that Marimekko's sympathetic Unikko poppy flowers flying up in
the sky as well as our other iconic prints as a part of the in-flight
experience bring joy to people around the world," says Mika Ihamuotila, Marimekko CEO. "Lately, we have wanted to connect Marimekko's
colourful design and fashion with surprising parties and forms of art,
such as ballet, modern dance or visual arts. Now it is time to do
something unforeseen up in the sky. I believe that the Marimekko and
Finnair design collaboration will bring to hectic and often grey air
travel joy, peace of mind and beautiful memories."
During the three-year collaboration, an exclusive selection of Marimekko
design products are also available for Finnair customers in in-flight
sales and the Finnair Plus Shop.
In addition to adding value to the customer experience, both companies
look forward to the collaboration helping build more awareness of their
brands. Both companies have a long established presence in Japan but
are growing rapidly in other Asian markets, China in particular.
"Finnair is a natural partner for Marimekko, as in my opinion it has
been the first airline in the world to lift up design and place it
strongly at the center of its service," continues Ihamuotila. "With our
collaboration we want to show how design can help improve the
well-being of people in different moments of life. Furthermore, our
design collaboration with Finnair supports our growth strategy,
particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, which is one of Marimekko's
key market areas."
"Both of these brands are about bringing positivity, high quality and
peace of mind to customers," adds Vehviläinen. "We believe this
collaboration will help generate new experiences and lasting, positive
memories for a whole new generation of Finnair passengers in Asia."
Finnair is specialised in fast connections between Europe and Asia via
Helsinki. The airline carries more than eight million passengers
annually and connects 11 cities in Asia with more than 50 destinations
in Europe. Finnair, a pioneer in sustainable flying, operates a young,
modern fleet and is the first airline ever to place in the worldwide
Carbon Disclosure Project's Leadership Index. The only Nordic carrier
with a 4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline
Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past three years
running. Finnair is a member of the oneworld alliance.
Marimekko is a Finnish textile and clothing design company renowned
first and foremost for its original prints and colors. The company
designs and manufactures high-quality household goods ranging from
interior decoration textiles to tableware as well as clothing, bags,
and other accessories. When Marimekko was founded in 1951, its
unprecedented printed fabrics gave it a strong and unique identity.
Marimekko products are sold in about 40 countries. In 2011, sales of
the company's brands were some EUR 170 million with net sales of EUR 77
million. At the end of the year, there were 90 Marimekko stores. The
key markets are North America, Northern Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The Group has about 500 employees.
Marimekko's shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.
For further information:
Finnair Media Desk tel. +358-9-818-4020, email@example.com
Marimekko Corporate Communications, tel. +358-9-758-7293,