Finnair is to add a new cabin class from 2020, introducing Premium Economy across their long haul fleet. This is in response to changing customer requirements on international routes.
This will bring Finnair into line with other oneworld alliance carriers who also feature this product. Qantas, Cathay Pacific, British Airways and others already have this cabin class.
Finnair Premium Economy
Fitting Premium Economy on board Finnair aircraft commences in Q4 of 2020. The roll out is expected to take two years, with the final aircraft complete by the end of 2022.
Based in Helsinki, the airline takes advantage of its geographical location to connect Europe with Asia. It is quite an effective strategy, which has been going on for some time.
Business class (pictured above) features individual lie flat seats with all aisle access. At the moment, economy class passengers can choose to sit in Economy Comfort, which has more space than the other seats.
Nothing has been said as to whether this will still remain available or will be totally replaced by the new product. Planning of the design and service concepts are ongoing and more details will come in the future.
Flying with Finnair in my experience has always been pretty good. I managed to take their MD-11 service from Singapore to Helsinki via Bangkok many years ago and thought it was quite okay.
One of my friends had his bags lost for a week by the airline, so it’s safe to say he won’t fly them again. It’s great seeing another airline get on the Premium Economy bandwagon as it really comes into its own on ultra long flights.
What do you think of this? Is Premium Economy the way forward and will more carriers adopt this class? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image by Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia via Wikimedia Commons.
Finnair business class seat image via oneworld alliance.