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    Finnish hockey champion 2017 launches the new season with a rap video

    Tappara hockey players perform a rap video to launch season start

    To mark the start of the National Hockey League season Tappara players have recorded a rap video in cooperation with airBaltic. The video will be presented to public during the Tappara home game in Hakametsä hall on September 12, 2017.

    Tappara is happy to launch cooperation with airBaltic airline for the seasons 2017/18 and 2018/19. Within this cooperation during all Champions Hockey League (CHL) games in Europe Tappara players will promote airBaltic flights to Tampere. In that way one of Finland’s most successful hockey teams and last season’s National League champions will promote their home town Tampere as an attractive travel destination easily reachable with airBaltic flights. Team will also use airBaltic flights to travel to the games abroad whenever possible.

    During National League home games in Tampere airBaltic will offer lotteries, entertaining shows and promote the wide destination network which is now reachable from Tampere airport with airBaltic flights.

    “We are very excited to be part of the upcoming hockey season with Tappara. In airBaltic we see this as a great platform to work with since ice hockey is one of the most followed sports in Finland. Our long-term commitment with Tappara also reflects to our vision to make Tampere a hub for surrounding areas to reach over 60 destinations via Riga airport quick and easy. Like Tappara in hockey, we aim to be best on what we do”, states Jouni Juhani Oksanen, the Senior Vice President for E-commerce, Sales and Marketing at airBaltic.

    This collaboration between Tappara and airBaltic is excellent way to get attention to Tampere as a destination. Tampere is a live sport city with lots of activities all year around. We are famous of our ice-hockey teams in Tampere and exited to get two great brands work together to promote flight connection to Tampere-Pirkkala”, says Marja Aalto, the Director of Air Transportation Development at Business Tampere.

    Jarkko Vanamo, the Sales Representative at Tappara adds: “In sports, Tappara strives to be at the forefront of Europe’s expanding Champions Hockey League and collaboration with an internationally significant airline like airBaltic supports Tappara's strategic line for internationalization. The development of Tampere-Pirkkala Airport is an important part of continuously evolving Tampere, for which Business Tampere works hard.”

    This winter season airBaltic operates direct flights from Tampere to Riga (Latvia) five times per week. Via Riga airBaltic offers convenient connections to more than 60 destinations within its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. A complete schedule of airBaltic flights can be found on the company's homepage at

    For further information, please contact:

    Jouni Oksanen, Senior Vice President E-commerce, Sales and Marketing, AirBaltic
    +371 2 610 3921

    Jarkko Vanamo, Sales Representative, Tappara
    +358 44 785 0203

    Marja Aalto, Director Air Transportation Development, Business Tampere
    +358 40 631 9211

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