October 12, 2015

Review: Finnair Business Class, Frankfurt-Helsinki

Summer Trip Flying EVA Air Business Class on 777 & Hello Kitty Jet, Singapore Airlines Suites & Cathay Pacific First Class

Last summer, I travelled to the Philippines for the 70th birthday celebration of my father. It was a very short visit since I needed to be back home for work. I've always wanted to try EVA Air's Hello Kitty Jet so I booked my flight from Stockholm to Fukuoka using Avianca Lifemiles. From Fukuoka, I flew on a budget carrier to Tokyo, and from Tokyo I flew on Singapore Airlines Suites to Singapore, and then first class to Manila using my Kris Flyer Miles. On my way back to Stockholm, I flew on Cathay Pacific First Class and Finnair Business Class using my AA Advantage Miles. This trip allowed me to test EVA Air Hello Kitty, Singapore Suites and Cathay Pacific First Class all for the first time and I couldn't be more satisfied.


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Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge, NAIA (MNL)
Cathay Pacific Business Class, Manila-Hongkong
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge, Hongkong (HKG)
Cathay Pacific The Wing First Class Lounge, Hongkong (HKG)
Cathay Pacific First Class, Hongkong-Frankfurt
Air France-KLM Lounge, Frankfurt (FRA)
Finnair Business Class, Frankfurt-Helsinki
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Finnair Business Class, Helsinki-Stockholm

Finnair Airbus 319 at Frankfurt Airport

Flight: AY 822
Departure in Frankfurt: 11:45 (actual 11:50)
Arrival in Helsinki: 15:10 (actual 15:19)
Equipment: Airbus A319
Flight duration: 2h 25m (actual 2h 29m)
Date of flight: July 15, 2015
Seat: 1A
*This is an award travel, Business class flight #88

Lounge

After a long flight on Cathay Pacific in first class from Hongkong, I thought I needed a shower and headed directly to the Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge. This is actually the same departure lounge that they are advertising on their website as their Arrivals Lounge.

Boarding, Gate D26 (Terminal 2)

As a business class passenger flying on Finnair, I had access to the Air France Lounge which was where I stayed until it was time for boarding. At around 11:10, I headed to Gate D26 which was the boarding gate for my flight to Helsinki.

The aircraft was in a remote area so we had to take a bus and on the way there, saw these beautiful aircraft.

Finnair Airbus A319 bound for Helsinki

Cabin

The business class cabin has a 3-3 configuration with the middle seat being left vacant as is the norm on flights within Europe. 5 of the 14 seats were occupied on that noon flight to Helsinki.

Seat

My seat, 1A was a window seat which is actually one of my favorite seats when flying intra Europe.

Finnair Business Class legroom

Unfortunately, the reading materials pocket was not properly cleaned although it wasn't really a big deal for me.

Finnair Business Class menu card, inflight magazine and safety instructions card

Shortly after settling in, I was offered some newspapers and took Financial Times which had the economic situation in Greece as the headline.

Finnair Business Class monitor

I was also offered some hot towels as well as a blanket and a pillow.

Dining

A few minutes after we were airborne, the meal service started beginning with some snacks which consisted of Cloud Hoppers and a glass of apple juice. As there was a chip in the glass, I asked one of the flight attendants if I could have another one. She was very apologetic when she saw the chipped glass and moments later was back with a new glass of apple juice.

Then it was time for the main meal. I was given the whole tray consisting of the appetizer, bread and butter, main course and dessert. As there was no menu card (unlike Lufthansa which offers one), I had to ask what the main course was. It was chicken curry with rice and spinach and it actually tasted very good and not as spicy as I thought it would be.

Finnair Business Class chicken curry with rice and spinach

Later, I was also offered some coffee and tea which I declined.

Lavatory

Finnair Business Class lavatory

View before landing

Around 3pm, the captain came on the PA to advise us of our arrival time of 3:15pm.

Arrival in Helsinki Airport

We arrived at Helsinki Airport a few minutes delayed but nothing to be worried about since I was spending a night at the beautiful Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa in order to explore a bit of Helsinki.

CONCLUSION

I have flown on Finnair within Europe several times already so I knew what to expect on this flight. I loved the food specially the main course although it would have been better if the flight attendants could inform us of what they are serving. The chipped glass was a minor problem and which was immediately taken care of. The Marimekko glassware and china are very unique on Finnair so kudos to you guys. Of course, the service was also very friendly and efficient. Overall, this was a very nice intra Europe flight.