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In Pictures: Finnair Unveils Brand New Business Class and Premium Economy Cabins

In Pictures: Finnair Unveils Brand New Business Class and Premium Economy Cabins

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After a pandemic induced delay, Helsinki-based Finnair has finally unveiled its eagerly anticipated new long-haul cabin including a brand new lounge-style Business Class seat and the airline’s first foray into the lucrative world of Premium Economy.

The star of Thursday’s show was the new Business Class seat known as the AirLounge. Unlike normal Business Class seats, the AirLounge doesn’t offer any recline but instead, it’s designed to be used like a residential ‘flexible living space’ with special infills that create a large flat surface for passengers to sleep.

The seating concept may take passengers some getting used to but Finnair is confident that passengers on the airline’s ultra-long-haul flights will quickly warm to making themselves at home.

Although the seat doesn’t feature any of the mechanical mechanisms you would normally expect in a Business Class seat, it still comes loaded with USB A and C power, PC power and a new wireless charging option.

The seat comes with a reasonably sized 18″ screen, along with a reading light and footwell mood lighting. All of the various storage areas have been approved by regulators for use during taxi, takeoff and landing so passengers can ‘nest’ as soon as they board.

Finnair is the launch customer of a brand new Business Class seating concept known as ‘AirLounge’
The seat was developed from a concept created by renowned design agency PriestmanGoode of London. Although the seats don’t feature privacy doors, there is a high cocoon shell that still offers a lot of privacy.
A new central bar area and welcome entrance has been developed that echos the same design and colours that passengers experience in the airport lounge.

Finnair has opted for a new Premium Economy seat called Vector by HAECO. The seat offers 8″ of recline and dedicated storage of laptops and other personal items. Finnair claims the seat offers as much as 50% more room than its standard Economy Class seats.

Premium Economy will be fitted across the airline’s long-haul fleet but Finnair is going for an intimate sized cabin with just 26 Premium Economy seats per aircraft.

Finnair is planning to launch the cabin alongside a new service concept for Premium Economy customers which will feature a three-course meal which will be served on new chinaware.

The seat offers as much as 50% more room than Finnair’s Economy Class.
The seat comes with 8″ of recline, a full leg rest at every seat, 13″ entertainment screens and dedicated laptop storage areas.

Economy Class, meanwhile, is getting a mini-refresh with a new entertainment experience, new device charging options and lighter seats which will be installed across Finnair’s A330 fleet and three yet-to-be delivered A350 aircraft. The remaining A350 aircraft will keep the old Economy Seats but they’ll be reupholstered.

The Economy Class cabin has also been refreshed with a new inflight entertainment experience and device charging options.
Finnair’s A330 and three yet-to-be delivered A350 aircraft will get new lighter Economy Class seats, while Finnair’s existing A350’s will get new seat covers.

Finnair plans to spend €200 million on the long-haul refresh with the first aircraft to feature the new look set to debut in just a few months time. The whole fleet will be refitted over the next few years.

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