Finnair's Airbus A350 business class is getting a cool new Nordic look from February 2018, with a refresh touching everything from 'cabin textiles' – seat covers, pillows and blankets – to its iconic Marimekko chinaware, along with 'dine on demand' inflight meals.
David Kondo, Finnair's Head of Cabin Interior Development, describes the designs having "a fresh and modern aesthetic that is inspired by Nordic homes and landscapes."
Here's what you'll see in Finnair's Airbus A350 business class refresh as it rolls out across 2018, beginning with flights to Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo from February and extending to the rest of the A350 network by mid-year.
The seat textiles and associated 'comfort amenities' draw "a clean and minimalist feel" drawn from Nordic interior design, while the soft colour palette picks up the grey and white of the landscape, Kondo explains – but with elements of seasonal Nordic light, so the fabric is flecked with touches of pink and orange.
The business class cushions and throws also receive a fresh look, with the familiar green Marimekko design making way for a darker blue pattern which is also repeated on the new amenity kits and some tableware pieces.
Dine on demand
Finnair will also join the shift towards 'dine on demand' in business class, with passengers at the pointy end able to choose what they'd like to eat at a time to suit their schedule.
Those meals will also get an uplift from Swedish chef Tommy Myllymäki, beginning with a new winter menu for long-range A350 flights departing from Helsinki from February 2018.
Tommy Myllymäki will design Signature menus for Finnair’s business class, and his winter menu will be served on all Finnair long-haul flights departing from Helsinki as of February 7.
"Seasonality is key for me, and I want to bring more vegetables, freshness and different textures to the meals on board," enthuses Myllymäki, who is creative director at five Stockholm restaurants and represented Sweden in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or competition.
For morning departures from Asia, the Finnish tradition of Kahvikutsut – coffee served with seven different treats such as coffee cake, cinnamon buns and chocolates – will be available as a refreshing snack between the two meal services.
Although Finnair doesn't fly to Australia – and has no plans to do so – it enjoys substantial patronage from Aussie travellers who connect to Finnair's daily flights from Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok, with a leaning towards the first two cities and notably solid business class bookings.