February 11, 2015

Review: Finnair Business Class, Stockholm-Helsinki

Exploring Borneo Flying First Class on Japan Airlines and Qantas

Aurora Executive Lounge, Terminal 2 (ARN)
Finnair Business Class, Stockholm-Helsinki
Finnair Business Lounge Non-Schengen (HEL)
Finnair Premium Lounge (HEL)
Finnair Business Class, Helsinki-London
Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge (LHR)
American Airlines Flagship Lounge (LHR)
British Airways Galleries First Lounge (LHR)
Japan Airlines First Class, London-Tokyo
Hilton Narita
Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge (NRT)
American Airlines Admirals Club (NRT)
Qantas International Business Lounge (NRT)
Japan Airlines First Class Lounge, Main Terminal (NRT)
Japan Airlines First Class, Tokyo-Jakarta
Pura Indah Business Class Lounge, Jakarta (CGK)
Malaysia Airlines Business Class, Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge, Domestic (KUL)
Hilton Kuching
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Kuching (KCH)
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Hotel
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge, Kota Kinabalu (BKI)
Malaysia Airlines Business Class, Kota Kinabalu-Kuala Lumpur
Top Attractions in Malaysia
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge, International (KUL)
Qatar Airways Business Class, Kuala Lumpur-Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge (DOH)
Al Maha Lounge (DOH)
Qatar Airways Business Class, Doha-Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Concourse A (DXB)
Emirates Business Class Lounge Concourse A (DXB)
Qantas First Class, Dubai-London
British Airways Galleries Lounge Concourse C, South (LHR)
British Airways Business Class, London-Stockholm


Flight: AY644
Departure time in Stockholm: 8:40
Arrival time in Helsinki: 10:35
Equipment: Airbus A320
Date of flight: January 29, 2015
*This is an award travel, Business Class flight #66

Check-in counter was empty when I arrived but after awhile, a young guy came and processed my check in. He also asked for my emergency contact number which I thought was a good sign that he was following the standard procedures. I tried to ask if he could issue my boarding pass from London to Tokyo on Japan Airlines and luckily he could. It was nice seeing a Finnair boarding pass with a "First Class" printed on it since they actually don't offer first class on their own flights ;)

The Airbus A320 taking us to Helsinki that early Thursday morning.

Boarding was scheduled to start at 8:05 at gate 65 but it didn't start until 20 minutes later.

Finnair Business Class Seats, Stockholm-Helsinki, with the middle seats being blocked for extra space. The cabin has a 2-2 configuration  with a total of 14 seats, 3 of which were occupied that day. I sat on 3F which was a window seat.

Newspapers were offered a few minutes after settling in and I chose Financial Times. The Finnair Sky Bistro menu card was already in front of the seat when I came,

Finnair safety card

A pretty old SAS aircraft during taxi.

Cabin screen

The meal consisted of a Chicken Caesar Wrap which I thought tasted very good. After awhile, water, tea or coffee were offered.

View before landing at Helsinki Airport

Arrival at Helsinki Vantaa Airport

CONCLUSION

Apart from late boarding, I thought the flight was okay. The food served on board was very good and the cabin attendants were also very friendly. For intra-Europe flights, I would say that Finnair is defintely a good choice.