Finnair is upgrading the Business Class cabin on 9 long-distance routes served by A330s and A340s – including flights to Helsinki from New York – with fully-flat seats by April 1, 2014.
The new seats – Zodiac Seats UK Vantage model seats – are currently installed on Finnair’s four newest Airbus A330s. The seats provide a fully-flat bed of up to 200 cm (79 inches), with shoulder room of 58 cm (23 inches).
The fully adjustable seats also provide an individual reading light, adjustable head rest, mood lights as well as in-flight entertainment choices including 72 films, 24 games, 150 TV shows, 24 music channels and 200 music albums.
Other Finnair Business Class features individual electricity outlets, signature menus created by two famed Finnish chefs, Pekka Terävä and Tomi Björk and in-seat satellite phones for sending/receiving text messages and short e-mails to networks on the ground ($2 per message).
The other routes to get the fully-flat Business class seats are between Helsinki, and Tokyo, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka and Shanghai.
After this upgrade, all Finnair’s long-haul Airbus fleet will have fully-flat seats in Business Class with the exception of three older aircraft. Occasionally, due to maintenance or other technical reasons, designated fully-flat seating routes may be served by these other aircraft featuring angled lie-flat seating in Business Class.
These three aircraft will removed from Finnair fleet following the induction of Airbus A350 XWBs in 2015.
Finnair currently operates 15 Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft on a network of 15 long-haul destinations in Asia and North America.
The airline will introduce 11 Airbus A350 XWBs, beginning in 2015, mostly on its Asian routes. Finnair will be the first European airline to operate the upcoming A350 aircraft – the Airbus rival to Boeing’s Dreamliner.
Finnair is a member of the oneworld aircraft alliance, which also counts American Airlines and British Airways as members. It is the only North European airline with a four-star Skytrax rating.