Flights Helsinki To London – Check-in was done on the Finnair website and I just passed a self-service machine at the airport to print a boarding pass. I only traveled with hand luggage.
Finnair uses Terminal 3 at London Heathrow as do most OneWorld carriers except Iberia and at most British Airways, both use Terminal 5. As a Business Class passenger I had access to the express channel through security, which was nice. fast
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Flying OneWorld from Heathrow Terminal 3 as an award customer or frequent traveler is excellent thanks to the wide selection of lounges. Cathay Pacific, British Airways and American Airlines all have lounges in Terminal 3 and in addition all have first class lounges that you can access as a OneWorld Emerald.
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This time, however, I went straight to the brand new Cathay Pacific lounge, which had just opened after a complete renovation. It is also the designated lounge for Finnair. As a OneWorld Smaragd member I was also able to have access to the first class side, which now also has an à la carte restaurant, the ‘Dining Room’.
The new lounge is absolutely fantastic, very much a miniature version of the Pier First Class Lounge in Hong Kong. I had a great early dinner in the restaurant to start with a glass of champagne. Traditional spicy Sichuan chicken with Chinese herbs to start. Herb-crusted salmon with capers, creamy peas and tomato salsa for main course. And finally a red wine poached bean with Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream and a double espresso for dessert.
A selection of snacks and drinks is also available for self-service in the main hall, so after dinner I took another glass of champagne from the barteller and sat in one of the armchairs and a stool and the fantastic view in the apron in the south lane.
Overall, this was a very nice meal with very attentive service from the staff. The service was perfect in speed but I think they need to maintain a certain speed as all guests obviously have flights to catch.
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Check-in took place at Gate 25 where there was also a separate line for premium customers, including business class, Finnair Plus Gold and Platinum and OneWorld Sapphire and Emerald.
Gate 25 is one of those gates that has a waiting room after you ‘board’ through the system, but luckily boarding had already started so I didn’t have to wait inside.
An Airbus A321 was used for the Helsinki flight with the Finnair Shorthaul standard cabin interior in grey. Business class stretched all the way to row 7 and I chose 05D on the fifth row. Since there was no one sitting in the window seat, meaning I got my own row, I later moved to window seat 05F.
Newspapers were offered in the cabin before departure. The flight time from Helsinki was expected to be two hours and 30 minutes.
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There were seven rows in business class on the Airbus A321, which means a total of 28 seats. The load in the business class cabin was around 50% but I got my own row. The seats are the same throughout the cabin with a 3-3 configuration and a fairly standard amount of legroom at 31 inches.
In Business Class, the middle seats are kept free and there are different headrests that say “Enjoy complementary seats!”
They also used to offer printed menus in business class on short flights, but these seem to have been withdrawn, so I don’t know exactly what they served.
However, the in-flight service started with a drink of your choice from the beverage trolley, served with some pretzels. I asked for a gin & tonic and they had Bombay Sapphire brand on the board. He serves ice and lemon and one of the cool Iittala Ultima Thule glasses. I also asked for a glass of water, which I received in a plastic glass. Maybe they are short of good glasses.
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On longhaul flights there is excellent Finnish Napue Gin in business class, but this is not available on short flights.
The dinner tray was then presented with a starter, main course and dessert in a rather elegant presentation with design details from Marimekko. As mentioned there was no menu so I’m not sure exactly what they had on offer.
Since the main course is meat, I asked for a bottle of red wine to drink. Bread rolls were also offered in a basket.
Overall, the food was quiet delicious. A real business class meal with a very elegant presentation with porcelain, napkins and various design details from Marimekko and glasses from Iittala. Two very popular Finnish design companies.
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The food tray was then cleared and finally coffee and tea were offered. I asked if they had Lapponia liqueur on board, the Finnish brand available in blueberry or cloud flavor. They were available in Finnair Shorthaul Business Class in the past, but have apparently now been removed from the beverage selection.
I settled with a glass of Chivas Regal whiskey instead, served in one of the stylish Iittala glasses used for liquor.
There were screens in the cockpit showing the flight map, some information about Finnair and Helsinki Airport and also some short cartoons.
Overall, I think the Finnair shorthaul business class service is very decent and so is the service on this flight. The service was friendly and attentive and as a Swede you sometimes get addressed in Swedish, which is a minority language in Finland but actually one of the two official languages and generally taught in schools. If the crew speaks Swedish (and they have no problem speaking it) they have a Swedish flag on their name tag.
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We landed at Helsinki Vantaa Airport right on time at 23:00 and parked in the non-Schengen terminal, sometimes referred to as the “Asia Terminal” due to the large number of Asian destinations served from Helsinki.
With a machine-readable EU passport, I was able to use an e-passport to go through passport control and was quickly on my way to the Hilton Hotel where I had a reservation for the night.
A nice flight with a delicious meal, a nice presentation of the food and a friendly and attentive service from the cabin crew. And I never get tired of the beautiful Iittala Ultimate Thule glasses. Overall, a pleasant flight.
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