Airline Review: Finnair long haul Business Class
The Finnair long haul Business Class is one of the most comfortable ways to fly between Europe and North America as well as Asia. In this extensive airline review, I’ll explain why my flight in the new Airbus A350 was so enjoyable!
Thanks to the strategic location of Helsinki in the North of Europe, Finnair offers an interesting connectivity concept for flights between Europe and Asia, which is why Finnair has its focus on connections between these concepts.
- Airplane: Airbus A350
- Cabin Class: Business
- Daytime: Noon
- Food: Lunch
- Seat Pitch: 78 Inch (198 Centimeter)
- Seat Width: 21 Inch (54 Centimeter)
On lots of flights to Asia, the Finnish airline uses its new Airbus A350 flagship, which I was also able to enjoy on a flight from Seoul to Helsinki. My flight was fairly empty, but that’s not the only reason I really enjoyed it. I definitely prefered the experience to my flights in the Lufthansa Business Class or Swiss Business Class for example.
Seating in the Finnair long haul Business Class
The Finnair Business Class in the Airbus A350 comes with two different seating arrangements, one with just one Business Class cabin with eight rows of seats and one with two cabins, with the latter offering an additional four rows of seats.
My flight was operated by the configuration with fewer seats, but was still really empty. That said, the cabin made a really good impression on me. It’s spacious, comes with bright colors and feels very modern and a bit minimalistic.
The seats come in a typical 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration, which are a bit different to ones that you can find in the China Airlines Business Class, for example.
Personally, I liked the seat design a little less than the one in the China Airlines Business Class, but that’s purely a question of style as the minimalistic one of Finnair is really nice as well.
The seats come with a privacy shield and are facing the window or the middle, making each and every seat in the cabin feel private and intimate.
The padding of the seats feels comfortable, even after a couple of hours on board and I never really struggled to get comfortable.
That’s also thanks to the many ways you can adjust the seat, which obviously, can be adjusted into a fully flat position and many positions in-between.
This kind of reverse herringbone seat comes with an extendable tv, which pops out easily. Interestingly, it can also be used during take-off and landing.
To my surprise, the seats in the Finnair long haul Business Class make the impression of being a bit narrow when you look at the seat pitch, but that didn’t bother me at all during the flight.
The foot cubby also feels surprisingly spacious and allows you to move around your feet when in a fully or semi flat position.
On the storage side, the seats in the Finnair Airbus A350 Business Class aren’t bad either as there’s one closable compartment right next to the armrest.
Speaking of the latter, this one can be extended quite a bit for even more privacy and comfort.
More storage is available on the side of the seat in an open compartment, which can hold the headphones or a wallet, for example. Here, you can also find all the controls, a plug, a reading light and a USB-charger.
The large area right next to the seat can easily hold a laptop or a magazine, but obviously can’t be used for taxi or take-off, but is great at all other times.
More storage can be found in a literature poket in your foot area, where there’s also a bottle holder, which had a bottle of water when I boarded.
Plus, you can easily store a full sized laptop bag underneath the ottoman without being constrained in any way.
All in all, I’d say that the Finnair long haul Business Class seat is really nice!
Sleeping in the Finnair long haul Business Class
While I just had a quick nap on this flight, I obviously tried the sleeping surface as well. As mentioned before, the seat is fully flat in bed position.
It’s also private enough as your head is right behind the privacy shield while sleeping, which I liked.
The area for your feat is also surprisingly wide, allowing you to move in different positions for sleeping.
I also thought that the seat as such is comfortable for sleeping, but I would have appreciated a mattress pad like in the Japan Airlines Business Class. Other than that, the bedding was fine. It consited of a firm enough pillow and a comfortable blanket.
Even though couldn’t really try the sleeping experience in the Finnair Business Class, I’m sure that you’ll have a comfortable night on redeye flights.
Catering in the Finnair long haul Business Class
Another aspect that’s really good in the Finnair long haul Business Class is the catering. Upon boarding, I was asked for my choice of a welcome drink and was presented with the menus for the flights.
Once airborne, I was asked for my wishes regarding the lunch service and was offered another drink alongside an amuse bouche just minutes later.
Lunch was served approximately 45 minutes after departure with the starters and mains on one plate.
For the starter, there were two options, including a beef roll and grilled scallops – I chose the later.
There was also a side salad and a choice of the bread basket. Everything was quite good.
For the entree, Finnair offered a choice of five different options, including seabass, a slow cooked beef check, roasted chicken, a salad with gravlax and a creamy salmon soup on this flight. I went with the beef check and didn’t regret it.
It was flavorful, well cooked and came with a good sauce that also went well with the mashed potatoes and the vegetables. Following the main course, I was offered some cheese – very good as well.
The further dessert selection was a bit boring though with just petit fours and ice cream on offer. The latter was quite good though.
What really impressed me about the Finnair long haul Business Class was the really friendly and good service. As this was a daytime flight, I was asked for further drink and snack orders at least ten times during the course of the flight. I had a good cappucinno and a few snacks and they were all good.
Approximately two hours before landing, the second meal service began and it was once again something like lunch as we were landing in the early afternoon in Europe. There was a choice of two options, tortelline with truffles or a chicken salad with olives.
I had the pasta and it was once again quite flavorful.
It was served with some bread as well as a selection of fresh cut fruits.
Overall, there’s really nothing bad to say about the meal service in the Finnair long haul Business Class. It was just really good, from tasty food to friendly service to several snack options throughout the flight. While the food is not as elaborate as in the Lufthansa First Class or Swiss First Class, it just hits the mark!
Entertainment in the Finnair long haul Business Class
The Finnair Business Class on this long haul flight also didn’t leave me disappointed in regards to entertainment as all Airbus A350 aircraft are equipped with WiFi.
On your own device, you can read newspapers, magazines etc. free of charge. However, there are no printed papers available, which I found a bit odd.
If you want to use WiFi in the Finnair Business Class, you get a code for one hour of complimentary use and can pay to use the service afterwards. As I worked during the flight, I bought a full flight pass for 19,95 Euro and thought that the WiFi worked very well for a flight.
Aside from the WiFi, you can also enjoy the entertainment system, which comes with a decently sized screen and a good resolution.
The choice of movies, series and music is really good as well and I’m sure you won’t get bored with dozens of options each. Many of those are also available in various languages.
While I thought that it was weird that there are no printed newspapers (even in the Saudia Business Class I was offered those), but other than that there’s nothing to complain.
Amenities in the Finnair long haul Business Class
The Finnair Airbus A350 is a really modern aircraft and is way less noisy than older planes, making it a really enjoyable option for longer daytime or night flights. Regarding other amenities, there’s a basic amenity kit in the Finnair Business Class, which is a bit bare bones compared to other airlines.
There’s also a pair of headphones waiting at your seat, which are noise-cancelling. The sound quality and comfort was surprisingly good, so I used it for a few hours.
The toilets aren’t particularly big, but are kept clean and were always available during my flight.
Overall impressions of the Finnair long haul Business Class
I very much enjoyed my flight in the Finnair long haul Business Class thanks to various different factors. First of all, the seats are very comfortable and among the best Business Class seats out there. Second, the service and catering was exactly what I hoped for as it wasn’t overly fancy or anything, but had a local touch and a high quality. Third, the entertainment options are great for relaxing or staying productive, which is an amazing compromise. All in all, I’d love to fly with Finnair in Business Class again and just highly recommend flying with the airline!