Finnair is the flag carrying airline of Finland, and is the largest airline currently headquartered in the country. It’s the fifth oldest airline in the world, and is also one of the safest. As a member of the Oneworld alliance, Finnair benefits from codeshare agreements with some of the world’s largest airlines. The airline also has its own frequent flyer programme, Finnair Plus.
How to Check In
Online and mobile check-in opens 36 hours before departure, or 24 hours before for flights to the USA. Self service check-in kiosks are also available at Amsterdam, Beijing, Budapest, Brussels, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Geneva, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Hong Kong, London, Manchester, Munich, Oulu, Prague, St Petersburg, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tallin, Warsaw, Vienna and Zurich. If you’re the type of person who often forgets to check-in, you can register for Finnair’s automatic check-in service. If you haven’t checked in online, Finnair does it for you, sending your boarding pass directly to your mobile. For morning flights the confirmation will come through between 5pm and 7pm the previous evening, and for afternoon flights the confirmation will arrive three hours before departure. Or you can do things the old fashioned way and check-in at the appropriate desk in the airport.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
Baggage allowance depends on class of travel and length of journey. Finnair works on a per piece basis, which each piece of baggage weighing no more than 23kg and measuring no more than 158cm. Business class passengers can bring three pieces of luggage on intercontinental flights, and two pieces on flights to Europe or the Middle East. Economy Pro or Flexible passengers can bring two pieces of luggage on all flight routes, while regular Economy passengers are entitled to bring one piece of luggage on all routes.
Seating – Leg Room, Choosing Seats
Economy passengers are charged a fee to book a seat in advance. The price depends on flight route. For a European flight to or from the UK, the price for a normal seat is €12 (about £9.60), a premium seat with extra legroom is €24 (roughly £19.25), and a seat in the front row of the cabin can be booked for €15 (about £12). Child seats are half price, although seats with extra legroom can’t be booked for youngsters. Seat pitch is fairly generous. On wide-body jets, economy passengers have a seat pitch of 32”, while business class passengers have a massive 60”. The narrow-body jets, used for short-haul flights, have a seat pitch which ranges from 28” to 31”.
There’s a £4.50 fee for booking over the internet, and an additional £4.50 if you choose to pay with credit card.
Meals, Snacks, Drinks
Economy class passengers on European flights are served snacks; usually a cold salad or sandwich. Non alcoholic beverages are complimentary, but alcohol and extra food are available to buy. On domestic and short flights, there’s no meal service: but again you can buy food and drinks from the in-flight menu. Business class passengers are served warm meals on European flights, and also receive complimentary alcoholic drinks. Economy passengers have a meal choice on long-haul flights, and business class passengers benefit from an in-flight snack bar.
Finnair have a great performance record, with 87% of flights in 2013 arriving or departing on time.