Flying Etihad A380 First Apartment to Dubai and Qatar Airways A380 First Class to Paris
Finnair Business Class, Stockholm-Helsinki
Finnair Business Class, Helsinki-London
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge (LHR)
Etihad First & Business Class Lounge, Heathrow (LHR)
Etihad A380 First Apartment, London-Abu Dhabi
Etihad Arrivals Lounge, Abu Dhabi T3, (AUH)
2 Days in Dubai
Dubai International First Class Lounge (DXB)
Qatar Airways First Class, Dubai-Doha
Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Lounge (DOH)
Qatar Airways A380 First Class, Doha-Paris
Hilton Paris La Defense
American Airlines Admirals Club, Paris (CDG)
Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge, Paris (CDG)
Finnair Business Class, Paris-Helsinki
Finnair Premium Lounge, Helsinki (HEL)
Finnair Business Class, Helsinki-Stockholm
Flight: AY 831
Departure time in Helsinki (HEL): 8:00 (actual 7:56)
Arrival time in London (LHR): 9:10 (actual 9:24)
Equipment: Airbus A321
Seat: 1A but later transferred to 1F
Duration: 3h 28m
Date of flight: December 2, 2015
*This is an award travel, Business Class flight #95
The thing I love about booking an award trip using American Airlines miles is that I get to maximize my stay in each city, as long as I don't exceed the maximum 24 hours connection time. I have explored the city of Helsinki last summer but I thought I'd visit it again so I could see the pre-Christmas celebration in the Finnish capital. True enough, the Christmas market in the city center on the opposite side of the main Stockman was already opened although I was a few days early for the opening of the one in the Senate Square which is actually the most important Christmas market of all.
The following morning, I had to wake up early for my 8am flight to London although the good thing was I stayed at the Hilton Helsinki Airport so getting to the airport was not a problem.
Finnair Premium Lounge
Finnair Premium Lounge where I had my breakfast (Part 2) which consisted of an omelette, cocktail meatballs, plain yogurt and some Danish pastries. I really think this lounge is one of the nicest lounges in Europe although I thought the gentlemen's toilet was on the small side with only 2 urinals and 1 toilet.
Newspapers were offered although they had the same Financial Time and Daily Mail which were offered to me on the Stockholm-Helsinki flight the day before. Immigrations forms were also offered later.
Arrival at London Heathrow
Due to heavy traffic, we landed at London Heathrow about 14 minutes behind schedule. The good thing was my connecting flight to Abu Dhabi on Etihad was scheduled at 2pm so I still had more than enough time.
There it was, another great flight in Finnair Business Class! I thought the food was okay for a breakfast meal (I'm not really a fan of breakfast meals on plane but it was good) and the service was also very friendly. The "old newspapers" being offered was not very nice although I presume it was too early for them to get a copy of the new ones so it was understandable. Overall, a nice flight!
Aegean Business Class, Athens-Larnaca
British Airways Business Class, London-Stockholm