I wrote last week about what a consistent bargain Finnair Business Class flights can be – particularly if you like to earn Avios and British Airways Tier Points from your paid flights. If you are interested in flying Finnair, I have good news – the prices are staying the same but the cabins are being refreshed and the service improved from early next year.
Firstly, Finnair are introducing a new service concept that will offer a wider range of dining and wine options, “served on-demand and at a customer’s preferred time, just as if you were in a restaurant”.
This is a big improvement as far as I’m concerned – on demand dining means you can order whatever is on the menu when you actually want it, rather than the ‘conveyer belt’ service you still get on many airlines in business class. When you’re travelling, sometimes you’re trying to pre-adjust to different time-zones, sometimes you’re not, and sometimes you just want something delicious at 3am because you’re on holiday and are excited about flying Business Class! I find on demand dining much more relaxing when I’m flying and it always helps make your flight feel more personal and special.
As part of the new concept, Finnair is also introducing the classic Finnish tradition “Kahvikutsut” – a coffee serving with seven different treats – for long-haul flights departing Asia in the morning: “This exclusive coffee service allows customers to spend quality time enjoying traditional Finnish treats like Carelian pies, cinnamon buns, coffee cake and traditional Finnish chocolates between the two meal services”.
I can’t honestly say I’d heard of ‘Kahvikutsut’ before, but it sounds delicious!
Finnair’s new business class service concept will begin on 7th February 2018, on flights to Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai, with a gradual roll-out of the remaining long-haul destinations during the spring and summer.
Finnair is also bringing ‘the feeling of the Nordics’ to the cabin interior of Finnair A350 aircraft with new cabin textiles and amenities, including new seat covers, and pillows, blankets and chinaware with prints from the iconic Finnish design house Marimekko.
David Kondo, Head of Cabin Interior Development at Finnair said:
“With Nordic-inspired design throughout the entire cabin, our aim is for our guests to be treated to a travel experience that sooths the senses and clears the mind…Our new seat textiles and comfort amenities have a fresh and modern aesthetic that is inspired by Nordic homes and landscapes. ”The new interior elements are rolled out to Finnair’s Airbus A350 aircraft in phases during 2018.
I think the current Finnair cabin design is already pretty good, but the new finishes (above) look fine too – and most importantly the bones of the cabin aren’t changing, it will still be the same comfortable lie-flat seats.
I don’t know about you, but I’m very much looking forward to trying out the dine on demand options on my next Finnair business class flight!