• Finnair's new Platinum Wing lounge at Helsinki has its own sauna

    Is there anything more Finnish than an airport lounge with its own sauna? Finnair's newly-opened Platinum Wing lounge at Helsinki Airport offers this unique way to relax before your flight with some communal sweating in a unisex sauna. It's quite the experience, if you can make time for it. If n...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2019 5 Comments

  • Finnair to open new Helsinki business class, Platinum Wing lounges

    Passengers travelling with Finnair through Helsinki can soon relax in new business class and Platinum-grade frequent flyer lounges in the airport’s international departures area, with the opening of a new Finnair Platinum Wing and a revamped Finnair Business Lounge. Found after passport co...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2019 10 Comments

  • Finnair to launch premium economy in 2020

    Finnair will join the growing list of airlines adding premium economy to their mix, with a new premium economy seat joining the Oneworld member's Airbus A350 and A330 fleet from 2020. That's still a ways off, and so are details of the seat. For now, all Finnair will admit to is that the seat wil...

    POSTED 6 Nov, 2018 7 Comments

  • Finnair flicks the switch on free WiFi for European flights

    Finnair will launch inflight Internet on its European flights this week, with travellers able to enjoy the high-speed satellite service free of charge during a two-month trial period running through to the end of September. The Oneworld airline has already outfitted six of its single-aisle Airbu...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2018 3 Comments

  • Using Qantas frequent flyer points to book Finnair reward flights

    Despite not flying to Australia, Qantas' Oneworld alliance partner Finnair offers a comprehensive network of flights between Asia and its Helsinki hub, with a host of onward connections across Europe – not only to the bigger destinations, but many less-popular places too which are tradition...

    POSTED 10 May, 2018 13 Comments

  • Finnair debuts elite Finnair Plus Platinum Lumo frequent flyer tier

    Finnair’s top frequent flyers can now aim for the lofty heights of ‘Platinum Lumo’, the new, above-Platinum tier of the Finnair Plus loyalty program, which plays on the Finnish word "Lumo", aptly meaning an object with a magic power. Comparable to Platinum One in the Qantas Fre...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2018 2 Comments

  • Finnair's Nordic-themed Airbus A350 business class refresh

    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, F...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2017 16 Comments

  • Three airlines get a reality check on inflight Internet

    Recent changes to the inflight Internet plans of Emirates, Etihad Airways and Finnair are reducing the amount of data that many travellers can download and the amount of time they can spend online, unless they’re willing to pay more for the same amount of connectivity. However, a subset of...

    POSTED 25 Jul, 2017 5 Comments

  • These five airlines give you free inflight Internet

    Inflight Internet is virtually ubiquitous these days with most major airlines offering some form of sky-high WiFi – and while this has traditionally attracted sky-high prices to match, the cost of connecting mid-flight is on the decline, with some airlines now even offering the service for ...

    POSTED 14 Jun, 2017 18 Comments

  • Finnair joins Cathay Pacific in Airbus A350 seat swap

    Airbus will refit Zodiac Aerospace seats on all of Finnair's A350 wide-body jetliners because of quality issues, said the airline’s chief executive officer, Pekka Vauramo. Entire business-class berths must be replaced on the nine A350s that Finnair has in operation, Vauramo said in an...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • Your guide to Finnair's Helsinki Airport business class lounges

    Finnair runs three distinct lounges in its home hub of Helsinki Airport that business class passengers and eligible frequent flyers can access, but knowing which lounge to use can sometimes be tricky. Prior to all Finland domestic flights and also before all flights to other ‘Schengen&rsqu...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2016 7 Comments

  • The best business class seats: Finnair Airbus A350

    With every seat offering direct aisle access and a fully-flat bed as you soar through the sky, there’s no such thing as a ‘bad’ business class seat on Finnair’s new Airbus A350s: but some do have their advantages over others. Whether you’re travelling on your loneso...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2016 3 Comments

  • Could fitness centres be the next 'big thing' in airport lounges?

    TALKING POINT | Keeping fit on the road can be tough, especially for international business travellers jetting as far as London or New York where you’ll spend upwards of 24 hours in your seat just eating, drinking and sleeping. It doesn’t get much better when you arrive with a packed...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2016 19 Comments

  • Finnair business class: pre-order meals, reindeer, Dom Perignon

    There’s much more to dining in Finnair business class than initially meets the eye. As with many airlines you can pre-order your preferred main course, but three ‘secret’ dishes also await if you know to ask in advance, including a reindeer course for more adventurous diners. F...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2016 10 Comments

  • Finnair exec: Airbus A350 the "complete package" for comfort, experience

    Finnair’s five-strong fleet of Airbus A350s will almost quadruple in size over the coming years as the airline modernises its amenities and on-board service across a growing number of routes for business class passengers. Offering fully-flat beds up front with direct aisle access from ever...

    POSTED 9 Jun, 2016 10 Comments

  • Finnair considers Platinum Plus, VIP frequent flyer tiers

    Finnair could soon recognise its most highly valued travellers with new better-than-Platinum frequent flyer tiers in the Finnair Plus program. The upscaled loyalty level would provide even greater benefits than offered to ‘regular’ Platinum members – and an even higher further ...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2016 5 Comments

  • Lufthansa, Swiss see more Aussie flyers via Singapore, Hong Kong

    Lufthansa and Swiss expect to fly more Australians to Europe via Singapore and Hong Kong this year on the back of new Boeing 777 services and a joint venture with Star Alliance partner Singapore Airlines. The two airlines already count Australia as the largest market to which they don't actually...

    POSTED 16 Mar, 2016 25 Comments

  • Finnair brings Airbus A350 to Hong Kong, Singapore

    Finnair will begin daily Airbus A350 flights between Hong Kong and Helsinki this week, with Singapore slated to see the next-gen jetliner later this year. Asia is a growing market for Finnair, and both of those business hubs double as gateways for Australians booked on the Oneworld airline ...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2016 12 Comments

  • Finnair to fly to Sydney? "Never say never" mulls Finnair CEO

    Finnair's eastwards expansion into Asia might eventually see the airline add Sydney to its network, although the airline's CEO is quick to stress that there are no plans in the pipeline for Australian flights. But it's a case of "never say never" cautions Pekka Vauramo, who suggests that Austral...

    POSTED 15 Oct, 2015 15 Comments

  • Review: Finnair Airbus A350 business class

    Finnair may be the first European airline to fly the Airbus A350 but its sights are set firmly on Asia, which is where the A350s will be pressed into service starting from Shanghai in late November 2015 and followed by Beijing, Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong. Those long routes will be the perf...

    POSTED 9 Oct, 2015 21 Comments

  • Finnair's Airbus A350 has free Internet, ladies-only toilet

    Finnair's Airbus A350s will include free inflight Internet plus a dedicated ladies-only lav. The satellite-based WiFi service will be free to all passengers in business class, along with Finnair Plus Gold and Platinum frequent flyers and their Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald equivalents (which inc...

    POSTED 7 Oct, 2015 9 Comments

  • Finnair's first Airbus A350 to fly October 7

    Finnair Airbus A350 'familiarisation flights' in Europe from October First long-range Finnair A350 international route to Shanghai in November 21 Next Finnair A350s to New York, Beijing, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore Finnair will take delivery of its first Airbus A350 on Octob...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2015 16 Comments

  • Finnair Airbus A350 business class, economy seats

    Finnair A350 to fly European routes from October; then Shanghai, Beijing and Bangkok in 2015; Hong Kong & Singapore in 2016 46 business class seats using familiar Zodiac Cirrus design (also used by Cathay Pacific) 43 Economy Comfort seats with four inches extra legroom Finnair wil...

    POSTED 7 Apr, 2015 11 Comments

  • Five Oneworld airlines you probably haven't flown, but should...

    Most Australian business travellers naturally belong to the 10 million-strong Qantas Frequent Flyer program and are already earning points on their Qantas flights both at home and abroad. And as a member of the Oneworld airline alliance, Qantas has partners a'plenty including British Airway...

    POSTED 25 Nov, 2014 11 Comments

  • Finnair reveals new 'Marimekko' livery for Airbus A330

    Finnair's new 'special edition' Airbus A330 livery carries the classic poppy or Unikko print of Marimekko in a nod to the airline's continued collaboration with the Finnish fashion and design house. The A330 will begin flying from Helsinki to cities in Asia from the end of 2014, j...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2014 0 Comments

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