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FinnAir (AY81): Helsinki to Singapore

By on July 16, 2015 in Travel Tip

Well, the flight from Helsinki to Singapore (FinnAir: AY81) was not much better than the London to Helsinki flight.

Again I was flying business class (paid for by someone else), and again it was disappointing, especially when compared to Emirates, or Qatar Airlines.

The plane I was on was quite old, and the cabin looked tired and worn. The seats were astonishingly uncomfortable (mine even felt lumpy). When converted in to ‘bed mode’ the seat was not flat and it felt like I was trying to sleep on a small mountain range. The seat was also narrow (I had to resort to hanging one arm in the aisle, particularly when trying to sleep), and the ‘bed’ was too short for someone who is 6 foot 1m in., that is, it was impossible to lie flat and I felt like I was standing-up whilst lying down. In addition, there wasn’t great climate control in the cabin, one minute it was quite hot, and the next chilly. This, along with the uncomfortable seat/‘bed’ didn’t give a restful flight.

Food on the plane was mediocre. It was edible, but it wasn’t as good as on other airlines, in fact Air Bagan in Myanmar (Burma) serves better food.

The entertainment system was laughable for a modern long-haul flight. The screen was incredibly small and the was only a choice of 9 movies. The ear phones were poor, and their noise cancellation feature didn’t work. On the set of earphone I had only one channel was working.

Entertainment in business class on FinnAir

Entertainment in business class on FinnAir

The booking system also needs looking at as I was a lone traveller in an aisle seat and they put another lone traveller next to me in the window seat. Why not put lone travellers in middle seats so that they both have an aisle exit and don’t have to disturb fellow passengers if they need to go to the bathroom? No brain really…

Summary: Overall not that impressed with FinnAir Business Class, in fact I would go as far to say that Economy on a lot of airlines is better than FinnAir Business Class. I wonder what FinnAir Economy is like? If I had been paying for this flight I would have been very unhappy.

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