The Finnair regional Business Class in the Airbus A321 offers a decent comfort for flights within Europe. In this extensive review, we’ll explain what you can expect of fyling with the Finish flat carrier!
After my flight in the very nice Finnair long haul Business Class in the Airbus A350, I had to get home from Helsinki to Munich, which was easy thanks to having booked a connecting ticket.
The last leg was operated by an Airbus A321 aircraft, one of the powerhorses of the regional fleet of Finnair. In this extensive review, I’ll explain what you can expect of flying with this product and why I’d say that Finnair basically offers what competitors in Europe offer, too.
The Finnair regional Business Class comes with the typical seating for European Business Class. This means that the seats are basically the same as in Economy Class with a 3-3 configuration.
The major difference is that the middle seat stays free, allowing you to have more personal space and a spot to put some belongings.
The seats as such are slightly more comfortable than for example in the Lufthansa regional Business Class or the Air France regional Business Class as they are thicker cloth seats compared to thin leather seats at other airlines.
However, the headrest isn’t adjustable, so there’s no added comfort for napping or anything. I still thoght that the seats are comfortable enough for a two to three hour flight within in Europe.
As I was seated in row 2, I was able to also test the regular seat pitch of the Finnair regional Business Class and thought that it is quite good as I was easily able to move around and even stretch when putting my feet under the seat in front of me.
The seat also comes with some basic storage in a magazine holder on the top of a seat in front of you. As it was quite full when I boarded already, you shouldn’t expect to be able to put all too many things in there though.
All in all, I’d say that the seats in the Finnair Business Class in the Airbus A321 are fine, yet not great. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that nearly all other airlines in Europe offer the same or even less.
My whole catering and service experience in the Finnair Business Class was fine, even though there were no welcome drinks upon boarding. After departure though, I was not only offered a drink, but also some packaged nuts.
While the stewardess explained that there are two choices for a main dish, I still would have preferred having a menu or some more choice. Nevertheless, the food as such looked good.
As a starter, there was some kind of local fish with sauce, which was surprisingly tasty. For the main, I went with the salmon, was served with mashed potato and a really good sauce. This dish was a winner in my book!
The dessert, a piece of apple cake, was quite good as well.
During dinner and after, I was asked twice whether I wanted anything else to drink and the stewardess was friendly and smiling all the time, so my overall dining and service experience was quite good.
One of the particularly bright spots of flying in Finnair regional Business Class is the entertainment. Upon boarding, I was immediately offered a newspaper of my choice, including German options.
Obviously, there’s also a board magazine waiting at each seat.
While there is no entertainment screen as it’s the norm in Europe, Finnair offers something else great: More choice of newspapers and magazines via streaming & WiFi.
I was particularly amazed by the WiFi, which is priced reasonably, in my opinion as you can choose from two planes, depending on what you need.
Even better though is that Finnair Business Class passengers can use the WiFi free of charge for 30 minutes. Speeds were always excellent, so I was really happy about this service.
While some airlines offer better entertainment on regional flights, including the likes of the Virgin Australia regional Business Class or the American Airlines regional First Class, Finnair offers a very decent entertainment choice for a European airline.
While regional Business Class in Europe is hardly ever exciting, I still thought that the experience in Finnair regional Business Class is quite nice. I’d still not book Business Class over Economy Class with regular pricing, but if it would be only marginally more (say 50 Euro) I’d definitely consider booking. Otherwise, it’s just nice to have a decent connecting experience when flying in long haul Business Class. Combined, the experience with Finnair is really good and definitely worth recommending.