Finnair Business Class Flight 006 New York JFK – Helsinki Vantaa – Review

By Eva Leonard on 9 April 2012
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There was no line at Finnair’s business-class check in at JFK’s Terminal 8, the modern home to numerous oneworld carriers including American Airlines, LAN Airlines, and Royal Jordanian, for this 6:45 p.m. flight, and within minutes a very pleasant ticket agent handed me my boarding pass and checked my bag.


I used the Priority AAccess line and moved quickly through security. From there, it was a short walk to the spacious Admirals Club lounge, which Finnair shares with other members of the oneworld alliance.

The front desk attendant gave me two free drink tickets and, once I was seated with a glass of wine in hand, I accessed the free Wi-Fi, and charged my laptop at the seat side outlet.

I didn’t hear a boarding announcement, but headed to the nearby gate (Gate 4) at the time printed on my ticket (6:00 p.m.) to find that boarding had already begun, and used the business-class line, which was short.

Flight attendants offered Champagne, orange juice, and water before takeoff and [rovided amenity kits in eco-friendly packaging, and distributed menus.


Business-class seating was in a 2-2-2 configuration aboard this Airbus A330-300. During the winter service (April 1 through November 4), seats on this route have a 165° recline, a 45” pitch, and a 20.5” width. (During the summer service, seats have a 180-degree recline, a 60-inch pitch, and a 21-inch width.)

Although the seat was not lie-flat, as I was on a late-March flight, it was well-designed and comfortable, and its ergonomic padding and footrest prevented me from sliding down while I slept.

The on-demand entertainment system with seatback video screen and noise-canceling headphones provided a generous selection of movies, TV shows, news, and audio. Four episodes of “Glee” kept me amused during the flight. Power outlets accept all common plugs, so no adapters are needed.

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