Finnair has introduced new, fully lie-flat business class seating with the entry into service of its latest new Airbus A330-300, the fifth to join the airline’s fleet.
Business class travelers on Finnair’s New York–Helsinki route will be among the airline’s first passengers to experience the new Contour Vantage seats ― which recline to a fully horizontal position ― as well as a new configuration that offers more privacy than before. The Airbus A330 aircraft are part of Finnair’s long-haul traffic fleet modernization, which the airline says will reduce emissions significantly.
“The design of these seats offers passengers more privacy and personal space. The seats have been arranged so that nearly 90 per cent of passengers have direct access to an aisle, and there is more storage space for hand luggage and clothing,” says Markku Remes, Finnair’s customer experience development manager.
The new lay-out also allows for more seats to fit into the same space. The business class of Finnair’s latest Airbus A330-300 has 45 seats instead of the 42 seats in the business class section of previous aircraft. A third of business class passengers can select a lie-flat seat without another seat beside it.
“Our passengers certainly will enjoy the new Airbus A330 aircraft on Finnair’s New York-Helsinki route, as well as on other shorter long-haul routes, for instance to Delhi, Seoul and Nagoya,” says Michael Maass, Finnair’s sales director for North America. “In addition, the acquisition of the new aircraft will significantly improve Finnair’s profitability and environmental efficiency, especially when you take into consideration that the new Airbus long-haul aircraft consume 20 per cent less fuel than the MD-11s they replace.”
Finnair’s A330 cabins have a new, brighter look and passenger comfort in economy class is enhanced by the use of state-of-the-art technology for the seats and in-flight entertainment equipment. Every passenger has an individual display screen with diverse entertainment choices, and it is also possible to send text messages and use a laptop computer during flights.