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You Might Want To Avoid Finnair’s New York Flight This Winter

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Finnair ordinarily flies the A330 between New York and Helsinki, which features their staggered, fully flat business class seats.

Unfortunately they don’t regularly fly their A350 to New York, which features their excellent reverse herringbone business class seats. I lucked out last year when I had the chance to fly the A350 between New York and Helsinki, given that Finnair operated the plane in the market for a very limited time.

Instead they choose to fly the A350 primarily to Asia, which is where most of their longhaul flights are to anyway. So far Finnair has seven A350s in their fleet, with another 12 A350s on order, so I hope that eventually they’ll fly the A350 to New York.

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Finnair Launching Seasonal Flights To San Francisco

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Finnair is a fun airline that I flew for the first time earlier flight year, from New York to Helsinki, and then from Helsinki to London. While they have an extensive route network to Asia, their route network to the US is quite limited by comparison.

Well, the airline has just announced their first route to the west coast, though it’s only seasonal.

Finnair will operate 3x weekly flights between Helsinki and San Francisco between June 1 and September 28, 2017. Per airlineroute.net, the flight will operate with the following schedule:

AY11 Helsinki to San Francisco departing 4:35PM arriving 5:20PM
AY12 San Francisco to Helsinki departing 7:10PM arriving 3:30PM (+1 day)

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Great Deal: Cheap Business Class Tickets From Europe To The US

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Per flyingsophie on FlyerTalk, there are some incredible discounted business class fares available from various points in Europe to the US for travel on oneworld (they’re not available in the other direction, from the US to Europe). It seems the good fares are available mostly out of Germany and Switzerland.

The catch is that outbound travel has to occur on any of the following dates:

— November 22-29, 2016
— February 10-April 15, 2017

So as you can see, the fare is valid for over Thanksgiving and then again next spring. There’s a Sunday night minimum stay required on all these fares.

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Finnair Cancels Flights To One Of The Places I Most Want To Visit

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Last August I wrote about how Finnair was planning on launching seasonal flights between Helsinki, Finland, and Longyearbyen, Norway. The route was scheduled to operate 3x weekly between June 1 and August 28, 2016, using an Embraer E-190 aircraft.

For those of you not familiar, Longyearbyen is one of the northernmost cities in the world. Helsinki is already very far north, though Longyearbyen is significantly further up there. As a matter of fact, the Radisson Blu there is the northernmost full service hotel in the world.

In summer there’s 24 hours a day of sunlight, while in winter there’s 24 hours a day of darkness. It’s a place I’ve wanted to visit for a long time, and the Finnair flight seemed like a great opportunity to get there using miles, either through American AAdvantage or British Airways Executive Club.

Well, unfortunately it looks like Finnair has changed their mind, as they’ve just canceled their seasonal flight to Longyearbyen before it even launched. The flight was announced almost a year in advance, and they ended up canceling it just a few weeks before the anticipated launch date.

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Review: Finnair Business Class A340 Helsinki To London

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Intra-Europe business class is usually a pretty underwhelming product. It even makes domestic first class in the US look good. On most European airlines it’s simply an economy seat with a blocked middle and improved service & food.

For whatever reason, Finnair was flying an Airbus A340 between Helsinki and London for the flight I booked. This is a plane they usually fly on longhaul routes, so it would allow me to experience their old longhaul business class seat. While Finnair has a new reverse herringbone business class product on the A350, the A330s and A340s feature a fully flat, staggered product.

I boarded through the second door on the left, where a couple of friendly flight attendants greeted me and pointed me to my seat.

Finnair’s A340 business class cabin consists of a total of 45 seats, spread across two cabins. The rows alternate between being in a 1-2-1 configuration and being in a 2-2-1 configuration.

The forward cabin consists of a total of seven rows with 32 seats, while the rear cabin consists of three rows with a total of 13 seats.

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Review: Finnair Premium Lounge Helsinki Airport

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After visiting the Almost@Home Lounge, I headed to the Finnair Lounge at around 5:55AM, given that it opened at 6AM.

The Finnair Lounge Helsinki Airport is located between gates 36 and 37. So coming from the Almost@Home Lounge I had to walk through a long corridor leading to gates 32-40.

After a roughly five minute walk I found myself between gates 36 and 37, where the lounge is located.

The doors to the lounge opened right as I walked up.

The friendly associate at the reception desk scanned my boarding pass and pointed me left towards the Finnair Premium Lounge. I reviewed the regular Finnair Lounge back in 2013 and found it to be very nice, so was curious what the premium lounge was like. For what it’s worth, the premium lounge is for oneworld Sapphire & Emerald members, while the other lounge is for business class passengers.

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Review: Finnair Business Class A350 New York To Helsinki

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Finnair operates out of Terminal 8 at JFK, which is the terminal primarily occupied by American. I’m starting the trip report here since my flights from Los Angeles to Dallas to New York were uneventful, and I also barely had time to use the lounge.

Finnair business class passengers use the Admirals Club at JFK, which isn’t all that great as far as international business class lounges go. Oneworld Emerald members can use the Flagship Lounge, which I’ve reviewed before. It’s located inside the Admirals Club, and is definitely a step up, though probably more comparable to the better business class lounges globally, rather than competitive with the better first class lounges.

The flight to Helsinki boarded from gate 16 at 5:15PM, starting with business class.

I boarded through the mid-cabin door, and upon presenting my boarding pass was directed left by the chief purser.

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Introduction: The Long Way Between LA And London

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Welcome to my first new trip report of 2016, as my goal for this year is to sample as many new first & business class products as possible. And I’m sure you guys will agree this is a good start. ­čśë

The way this trip came to be is sort of funny. In mid-December I wrote about how Finnair was flying the A350 to the US for a limited time in January. They just recently took delivery of their first A350, and are flying them exclusively to Asia as of now. So when Finnair announced they’d fly the A350 to the US for a bit over a week in January and there was plenty of award space, I couldn’t help but book.

Not only is the A350 a gorgeous plane, but Finnair has a new reverse herringbone business class product on their A350s, which looks excellent. I decided to take that award a step further, though.

While intra-Europe business class is typically only marginally better than economy (it’s usually just economy with a blocked middle seat), I noticed that Finnair was flying an A340 to London Heathrow the day after I’d arrive in Helsinki. Finnair’s other longhaul aircraft are the A330 and A340, and both feature the same business class product. So I figured this flight would be a great opportunity to sample Finnair’s other business class product, which they usually fly to the US.

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My Finnair A350 Business Class Flight In 10 Pictures

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Hello from Helsinki, where I’m presently chilling out and waiting for my next flight (no pun intended). ­čśë

Suffice to say I was in absolute shock when I got here, given that I’ve spent most of the past few months in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Australia/New Zealand. While I knew it would be cold, I couldn’t really conceptualize just how cold it would be. Like, it was so cold outside that I felt like I was suffocating.

Anyway, I flew the Finnair A350 from New York to Helsinki. That was exciting, given that Finnair flew the plane on the route for just a bit over week (otherwise Finnair just flies the A350 to Asia).

I’m on a super-quick trip at the moment, and I’m going go try something different with the trip report this time around, and I’m curious what you guys think. This is just a quick trip to review Finnair business class and Air India first class, so I’ll only be gone for a few days.

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Fly Finnair’s New A350 Business Class Intra-Europe

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I first wrote about Finnair’s new A350 in August of last year. This plane signifies a refresh for Finnair’s longhaul fleet, as they have 11 firm A350 orders, with options for another eight. Not only will this presumably fuel growth in their route network, but perhaps most exciting is that the A350 will also feature a new business class product.

Specifically, Finnair has gone with a reverse herringbone seat for their A350, which is my favorite business class hard product out there.

Finnair is part of oneworld, so flying with them is a great use of American AAdvantage miles.

As pointed out by a reader in the “Ask Lucky” forum, Finnair is currently taking delivery of their first A350, and regularly scheduled longhaul service on the plane will begin in late October, with the launch route being Helsinki to Shanghai.

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Finnair Launches Flights To Svalbard!

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Strange as it may sound, Svalbard is near the top of my travel “bucket list.”

What is Svalbard, you ask? It’s located about halfway between continental Norway and the North Pole. In winter it experiences 24 hours of darkness, while in summer it experiences 24 hours of light. That’s something I simply can’t wrap my head around. It’s also home to the northernmost full service hotel in the world, the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Longyearbyen.

Up until now the only alliance carrier which has flown to Svalbard is SAS, from Oslo and Tromso. They’re a solid airline and it’s not a bad option to have, though as a oneworld guy it’s not ideal.

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Finnair A350 Business Class Revealed

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Finnair will be the European launch customer for the Airbus A350, and today revealed quite a bit of information about what we can expect.

Finnair has 11 firm orders and eight options for the A350. They should begin taking delivery of them the second half of next year. The first destinations to see the A350 will be Shanghai, Bangkok, and Beijing. Then in 2016 they’ll add A350 service to Hong Kong and Singapore. Currently their only longhaul aircraft are the A330 and A340, so the A350 will eventually become the backbone of their fleet.

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