By Expedia Guest Author, on November 13, 2008

Expedia Announces Partnership With Helsinki-Based Finnair

Deal brings value to international travelers between APAC and EMEA

BELLEVUE, Wash. and LONDON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), the world’s leading online travel company, announced today a new agreement with Finnair, one of the world’s oldest operating airlines, and a growing industry player in air travel between Europe and Asia. This new agreement provides Finnair the ability to reach consumers on Expedia®-branded sites in Europe, as well as benefit from Expedia’s growing number of online travel booking sites in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC).


“Without question, Finnair has emerged as a major player in air travel between Europe and Asia, and Expedia is excited to help the airline further advance its position in international air travel,” said Wes Peterson, vice president of EMEA Transport and Tour, Expedia. “As Expedia expands and continues to grow our international customer base, we are committed to helping partners like Finnair grow their business and thrive in this increasingly global economy.”


“Finnair is delighted to team up with Expedia,” said Petri Schaff, vice president of Finnair Global Sales. “We at Finnair value Expedia’s true global coverage, strong competence online and creativity. Furthermore, we are confident that Finnair can add value to Expedia customers traveling from Europe to Asia.”


From its base in Helsinki, Finnair offers flights to top destinations in India, China, Japan and Thailand. Finnair’s European route network offers several daily frequencies to all major European cities, including their newest destinations in Ljubljana, Bucharest, Gdansk and Lisbon. In addition, Finnair’s flight timetables are designed to offer quick connections to flights throughout Asia to help their international customer base.


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About Expedia, Inc.


Expedia, Inc. is the world’s leading online travel company, empowering business and leisure travelers with the tools and information they need to easily research, plan, book and experience travel. Expedia, Inc. also provides in-destination concierge service and activity desks for travelers. The Expedia, Inc. portfolio of brands includes:,, Hotwire, Egencia (formerly Expedia Corporate Travel), TripAdvisor, Expedia Local Expert, Classic Vacations and eLong. Expedia, Inc.’s companies operate more than 60 global points of sale in more than 40 countries, with sites in North America, South America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Expedia, Inc. is a component of the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit (NASDAQ: EXPE).


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