Finnair Angry Birds Challenge Winner Announced

Eight of the most die-hard Angry Birds fans fought it out for four solid hours over an altitude of 10,000 metres aboard Finnair’s longest, non-stop flight from Helsinki to Singapore, flight AY81.

Finland’s Jani Uljas roasted the most pigs with a score of 62,110 winning the Finnair’s Angry Birds Asian Challenge.

The other seven Angry Birds fans who were selected to compete in the shoot-out were Tay Sok Noy and Karen Tang from Singapore, Liew Soh Yuen and Khor Shyh Yong from Malaysia, Katja Presnal from the United States, Viktor Stenhjem from the United Kingdom and Lasse Kaila from Finland.

These contenders were selected from around 600 entries received from around the world in a selection contest in hopes to find the most avid Angry Birds fans to join in.

Flight AY81 touched down on Wednesday, 21 September 2011, at Changi Airport at 4.20pm and docked at Terminal 1’s Gate D34. The results of the Angry Birds Asian Challenge were announced at a press conference at the Terminal 1 Viewing Gallery.

During the competition, tweets were sent out to fans everywhere so that they could follow every swish of wings and demise of pigs in real time.

Finnair’s Director of Sales for Singapore and South East Asia Petteri Kostermaa, said that it was a thrilling fight to the finish with other passenger who happen to be Angry Birds fans joining in the game as well.

“We had a live Angry Birds mascot to egg the players on and turn up the excitement level. To add to the whole atmosphere, the body of our Finnair plane was painted with Angry Birds motive, as were the aprons worn by our flight attendants and passenger seat headrest,” he said.

“We hope that through marketing communications initiatives, such as our Angry Birds tie-up with Rovio and Changi Airport Group, travellers from Singapore will get to know Finnair better and enjoy the way we do things differently,”  he added.

Developed by Finnish media entertainment company, Rovio, the highly addictive Angry Birds video game for mobile devices has quickly become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 350 million downloads since its launch in December 2009.

Changi Airport Group’s Senior Vice President for Market Development, Mr Lim Ching Kiat, said the Nordic region is well-known for its strengths in design and innovation.

“Finnair and Rovio are companies that epitomise this innovative spirit, an enterprising trait which Changi Airport also embraces in every aspect of our business. We are proud to have an airline partner like Finnair which continuously offers refreshing products and more travel choices for our passengers,” he said.

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