Fabulous Fridays: Back To Business With Finnair

After repatriating from six months long Sakura-trip in ANA First Class back in early September, I have experienced British Airways Club Europe twice with cardboard service.

Last Sunday, I flew with British Airways and Finnair from Barcelona to Helsinki (no direct services currently), and I have to say that Finnair is back in business with proper service.

Heathrow

I had received my boarding passes in Barcelona, so I didn’t get to experience the Terminal 2 check-in with Finnair. The airline usually operates from Terminal 3 that is currently closed. The terminal 2 is usually reserved for Star Alliance airlines.

Finnair had not made an agreement with Plaza Premium, which is the only non-Star Alliance lounge in Terminal 2, but I got in using my American Express Platinum.

The Plaza Premium is also a Priority Pass lounge, but my PP card had expired due to a card breach in February.

Service

The purse appears to greet all Oneworld Emerald members. I had my BA number in. The flight was very light on passengers.

You get a proper business class meal with Finnair with cart service.

My connecting flight with Norra, Finnair’s express carrier – Oneworld benefits do apply, was close to full, and rather uncomfortable in an ATR.

You get water or blueberry juice!

Conclusion

While Covid-19 “regulations” ban many airlines from offering proper business class service (cost-cutting – nothing else), it only affects the forward lavatory inside Finnair planes (temporary reserved for crew use).

The service was pretty much business as usual in Finnair’s Business. However, I have to say that the seats that the airline uses are extremely uncomfortable, and they use these planes all the way to Tel Aviv (flew last year as part of Oneworld RTW) and Dubai.

There are four Oneworld lounges in Terminal 3 to which Finnair passengers have access to, Cathay Pacific being the designated one. Finnair does not have a lounge agreement at Terminal 2 with Plaza Premium or Lufthansa.

You can access the Plaza Premium using Priority Pass or American Express Platinum, although I am sure that some airlines also extend invitations.