Finnair Completes €200 Million Long-Haul Cabin Revamp


Finnair, the national carrier of Finland, has reached a significant milestone with the successful completion of its €200 million long-haul cabin renewal project. This ambitious undertaking signifies a renewed dedication to passenger comfort and elevates the overall travel experience for those flying long distances with Finnair.

Finnair Completes
Finnair Completes

A Complete Cabin Refreshment Across the Long-Haul Fleet

The project encompassed a comprehensive overhaul of the cabins on all Finnair long-haul aircraft, including A350s and A330s. This involved:

  • Brand-New Business Class Seat: Finnair introduced an entirely new Business Class seat, designed to maximize space and offer passengers a comfortable and private environment for relaxation during long journeys.
  • Premium Economy Debut: A brand-new Premium Economy cabin was introduced, providing passengers with an enhanced travel experience compared to standard Economy Class. This creates a tiered service offering with more options for travelers.
  • Refreshed Economy Class: Finnair’s Economy Class also received a refresh, ensuring consistency and a modern aesthetic across the entire cabin.

This complete cabin renewal ensures a consistent and improved travel experience for passengers flying long-haul routes between Finnair’s Helsinki hub and destinations across the US, Middle East, and Asia.

Increased Choice and Flexibility for Travelers

A key advantage of this cabin renewal is the expanded availability of the new Premium Economy cabin. Previously, this option wasn’t available on all long-haul routes. With the project’s completion, passengers now have the opportunity to choose from Economy, Premium Economy, and Business Class on most long-haul flights, offering greater flexibility and catering to diverse travel needs and budgets.

Finnair Celebrates Customer Satisfaction and Industry Recognition

Ole Orvér, Finnair’s Chief Commercial Officer, expresses his enthusiasm for the project’s culmination:

  • Customer Feedback: Orvér emphasizes the positive customer feedback received since the new Business Class seat and Premium Economy cabin were launched in 2022.
  • Industry Recognition: The new Finnair long-haul cabin experience has garnered prestigious awards, including “Cabin Concept of the Year” by Onboard Hospitality, “Best Cabin Innovation” by APEX, and “Best Cabin (First & Business Class)” at the Yacht and Aviation Awards. Finnair’s product was also commended by judges at the Crystal Cabin Awards and Skytrax, a leading global airline rating agency.
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These accolades highlight the success of Finnair’s cabin renewal efforts in creating a truly exceptional experience for passengers.

A Collaborative Design Process for the New Business Class Seat

The brand-new Business Class seat, a cornerstone of the cabin renewal project, was developed through a collaborative effort between Finnair and Collins Aerospace. This innovative design prioritizes maximizing space and creating a personalized lounging experience for passengers:

  • Unique Fixed Shell Lounge Seat: The seat design allows for a variety of comfortable sitting and sleeping positions, enabling passengers to tailor the space to their individual needs during a long-haul flight.

This focus on maximizing comfort underscores Finnair’s commitment to passenger well-being and a rejuvenating travel experience.

Nordic Design Inspiration and Continued Investment

Finnair’s cabin renewal draws inspiration from the airline’s signature Nordic design language. The dominant color scheme features warm, dark, and comforting tones, echoing the design of the airline’s non-Schengen lounges unveiled at Helsinki Airport before the pandemic.

Finnair’s commitment to enhancing the passenger experience extends beyond the long-haul fleet renewal. The airline has announced plans for the upcoming upgrade of its regional E190 aircraft cabins. These short-haul jets will receive a brand-new interior design inspired by the color scheme and aesthetics currently implemented across Finnair’s long-haul fleet.

Additionally, Finnair will soon open a larger lounge within the Schengen area of Helsinki Airport, catering to Business Class passengers and Finnair Plus tier members. Access to this lounge can also be purchased by other Finnair passengers as an optional travel extra.

Finnair Soars Towards a Passenger-Centric Future

Finnair’s €200 million investment in its long-haul cabin renewal project demonstrates a dedication to providing passengers with a superior travel experience. By offering comfort, choice, and a touch of Nordic design, Finnair positions itself as a leader in passenger-centric aviation.