Oh Finnair! We noticed that the aircraft had been changed from an Airbus A350 to an Airbus A321. However, since that was to prevent even more than the 1 hour delay, you are forgiven. Finnair business class is still good on the short-haul aircraft, thankfully!

After spending some time in the luscious Cathay Pacific First Class lounge in Terminal 3 at Heathrow, not to mention some other lounges, it was time to head to the gate. Priority boarding was called and I was among the first on the plane.

AY1338 – London Heathrow to Helsinki (LHR-HEL)
20 April 2024
Airbus A321 – OH-LZS
Seat: Business Class 3A
Departure: 18:10 Arrival: 23:00

Greeting the Finnair crew, I turned right and was surprised to find myself in an Airbus A321. I wryly smiled to myself – ahh, an aircraft swap. That wasn’t planned for tonight’s bingo card, but what can you do?

Time To Go

Boarding completed very quickly, and after the safety demonstration, we headed for the runway. Flying at sunset is always an utterly charming experience, so it was going to be a good flight.

Soon enough we took to the sky and set course for HEL. The lady sitting beside me struck up polite conversation, and she also commented on the fact it wasn’t the A350 with the AirLounge seats.

Finnair Business Class Service

Starting off the festivities, the crew handed out hot towels to refresh ourselves with. This is always welcome, as one does become a little sweaty running around an airport. Stress sweat? Who knows! Next came a drinks service, accompanied by pretzels. After my last Finnair flight, I was well prepared – the signature Northern Blush and a Blueberry juice for me.

Dinner came next, which was chicken and mash with brussels sprouts, along with a tasty starter and a chocolate for dessert. Finnair business class meals are damned delicious and this one didn’t disappoint. From there, I finished off with a night cap, enjoying the sunset until we landed in Helsinki.

Overall Thoughts

I like flying Finnair and I think they’re an excellent oneworld alliance airline. The cabin crew are friendly and efficient, plus the cabins are comfortable.

Having a selection of signature drinks, as well as Finnish staples, really makes you feel the vibe of the Nordic country when flying. It’s just a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.

What do you think of the Finnair business class experience? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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