Carelian pies, cinnamon buns, coffee cake and Finnish chocolates
A revamped Finnair business class celebrates the airline's Nordic roots and offers a wider range of dining and wine options, served on-demand and at a passenger's preferred time - just as if dining in a restaurant.
Features Editor John Newton reports
Finnair general manager - Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone, said that as part of the new concept, the carrier would also introduce the classic Finnish tradition - Kahvikutsut - a coffee serving with seven different treats, for long-haul flights leaving in the morning from Asian ports.
The exclusive coffee service, he said, would allow passengers to spend quality time enjoying traditional Finnish treats, including Carelian pies, cinnamon buns, coffee cake and Finnish chocolates between the two meal services.
"More than ever, our business class customers enjoy the opportunity to customise their travel and dining experience," said Finnair senior vice president of customer service, Pila Karhu.
"Our objective is to create an unspoken bond with our guests, every time they fly. We have dedicated cabin crew personnel for business class passengers, providing a more individual service, with the aim of setting new standards for comfort and overall well-being on board Finnair flights."
Finnair's new business class concept will start on 7 February 2018 on flights to Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai, with a gradual roll-out of the remaining long-haul destinations during the European spring and summer.
The airline will also bring the feeling of the Nordics to the cabin interior of its Airbus A350 aircraft with new cabin textiles and amenities, including new simple and stylish seat covers and pillows, blankets and chinaware with prints from the iconic Finnish design house, Marimekko.
The new interior elements are being rolled out to the A350 aircraft in phases during next year.
Finnair offers excellent connections from Australia with oneworld partners and flies between Asia/North America and Europe with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki.
Finnair carries more than nine million passengers annually and connects 17 cities in Asia and 3 cities in North America with more than 60 destinations in Europe.