Finnair has confirmed that chief executive Mika Vehviläinen will step down on 28 February, taking up a new role as CEO of cargo handling specialist Cargotec.
"I believe now is a good time to leave Finnair in the hands of my future successor," says Vehviläinen.
"The company is heading towards a positive financial result and we are in a better position to build the kind of Finnair that upcoming major investments require."
Chief operating officer Ville Iho has been appointed deputy chief executive while the carrier seeks a full-time replacement.
Chairman Harri Sailas also announced last month that he will not stand for election when the board proposes new candidates for his position in March.