It’s always great to see an airline milestone occur and it’s great that Finnair turns 100 today. The oneworld alliance carrier has carved a niche for itself connecting Europe and Asia via its Helsinki hub.
Finnair was the third European I ever flew, after Icelandair and British Airways. While I have not used them very much, the flights I have taken have been memorable for one reason or another.
Finnair Turns 100!
In keeping with the historic theme, let’s look at some of my old flight reviews. First, I took a business class flight with them from Amsterdam to Helsinki in April 2005. Just two days later, after a quick pit stop in HEL, they took me to Dublin in economy class, giving me my first taste of Ireland.
Two years passed and I next took a business class flight from Singapore to Helsinki via Bangkok. This was specifically so I could get on the increasingly rare McDonnell Douglas MD-11. Once an avgeek, always an avgeek it seems!
Many years and many flights passed and as Finnair turns 100, I thought it would be good to see how they are doing today. In August, I flew from Dublin to Helsinki and loved everything about it.
After trying both their business class lounge in Helsinki and the very excellent Platinum Wing lounge, I flew back to London in business class on their Airbus A350. Sadly it wasn’t the new AirLounge seating, but I enjoyed the experience all the same.
All in all I found the service to be on par with other oneworld alliance airlines in Europe and would happily fly with them again. Being the centenary, there was a special edition of their Blue Wings magazine, as well as a historic display in the lounge.
Not many airlines reach their centenary, so Finnair should be rightly proud of reaching that milestone. The airline industry is littered with failures so it’s a real achievement they have managed to survive for so long.
I have to admit, I ended up seeing some lovely cutlery for sale in the Finnair shop by Iittala that I ended up buying. So now I’m reminded of them every time I eat a meal at home.
What do you think of Finnair? If you’ve flown with them, what are your memorable experiences? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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