AviationTravellers may find flying long-haul via Finnair’s business class and premium economy to be less of a bumpy ride.

A look at Finnair's first-ever premium economy seats

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The refreshed business class cabin is available on Finnair’s long-haul flights.
The refreshed business class cabin is available on Finnair’s long-haul flights. Photo Credit: Finnair

Finnair has given its business-class cabin a complete makeover while rolling out premium economy as a brand-new class of service for its long-haul fleet.

The Helsinki-based carrier has designed its new premium economy seat with enhanced comfort and ergonomics in mind, offering 50% more space than the standard economy class’ The premium economy seats are constructed with memory foam cushions, equipped with a leg rest adjustable headrest, and can be reclined lower.

The premium economy seats are also fitted with large and sturdy single leaf (no more having to awkwardly fumble around with folding mechanisms) meal trays for work and dining, along with individual reading lights. For dining, passengers will be treated to two meal services, each consisting of a three-course meal served on exclusive chinaware.

The new premium economy seat comes with a six-way headrest.
The new premium economy seat comes with a six-way headrest. Photo Credit: Finnair

Every passenger in premium economy will be able to enjoy Finnair’s redesigned in-flight entertainment system on 13-inch screens. Passengers can additionally keep their devices powered up through the universal PC power and USB-A ports.

“The trend for premium travel has significantly accelerated during the pandemic, so we are confident our new premium economy travel class will prove very popular with customers looking for an upgraded experience from economy,” said Ole Orvér, Finnair chief commercial officer.

Finnair’s standard economy class will also see an upgrade with new ergonomic seats, personal storage compartments, USB A & C connectivity and a larger screen.

Comfort means business

The new business class seat is designed to maximise comfort, space and freedom to move during a long-haul flight.
The new business class seat is designed to maximise comfort, space and freedom to move during a long-haul flight. Photo Credit: Finnair

Conceptualised from lounge furniture, Finnair’s new business class seats feature a fixed contour shell with a mattress, duvet and pillows provided. From resting one’s feet on the ottoman to using the infill panels to create a large flat surface to stretch out, the seat enables a wide variety of sitting and sleeping positions.

The high cocoon-like shell also serves as a divider between seats, offering a higher level of privacy. Additional layers of privacy come in the form of a personal lamp, a ‘do not disturb’ light. When travellers are ready to sleep, the in-seat lighting inspired by Nordic nature is complete with undulating Northern lights and designed to combat the effects of jet lag.

A range of storage options within the seat allows for passengers to conveniently stow away small to bulky items such as their laptops, pillows and blankets. A flexible table can be pulled out for reading, dining or working. Each seat is also equipped with USB A, USB C, PC power and wireless mobile charging.

The inflight entertainment system features a new more user-friendly, customised interface with a screen that stretches 18-inch wide.

Similar to premium economy, meals in business class will be served on new chinaware. But will feature a menu of up to six courses instead whipped up in a modern bistro-style.

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