FIN­NAIR, A350-900, BUSI­NESS CLASS, HONG KONG IN­TER­NA­TIONAL-HELSINKI

Business Traveller - - FINNAIR - By Jeremy Tredin­nick

There are 46 busi­ness seats split be­tween two cab­ins, ar­ranged in a re­verse her­ring­bone 1-2-1 con­fig­u­ra­tion, so ev­ery­one has di­rect aisle ac­cess. I was in seat 3H, a cen­tral seat. There are no over­head bag­gage lock­ers above the cen­tre seats, and this, com­bined with the off-white and light grey dé­cor of the cabin and Fin­nair’s Zo­diac Cir­rus III seats, made the busi­ness cab­ins feel very roomy in­deed. At the same time, the curv­ing seat-backs pro­vided a good deal of pri­vacy.

The seat it­self was wide, with soft-touch arm­rests and plenty of legroom. A footwell lets you put your feet up and be­comes part of the bed when you re­cline the seat fully flat. There’s a good-sized shelf and a re­cessed area with a hook to hang the ex­cel­lent noise-can­celling head­phones, but only one small tri­an­gu­lar stor­age bin with a lid. The ta­ble slid out eas­ily from un­der the shelf and mine was sturdy and held my lap­top steady – though it was quite high and I needed to raise my seat some way for com­fort­able typ­ing.

A two-strength read­ing light is po­si­tioned at shoul­der height, as are a USB port and in­ter­na­tional power socket. Here were also the TV con­trol (though the 16-inch mon­i­tor, which swings out at the touch of a but­ton, is touch­screen as well) and the seat con­trol panel, which was sim­ple and easy to use, with three pre­set but­tons for take-off, in­clined and sleep­ing po­si­tions.

Just be­fore take-off, my din­ner and break­fast or­ders were taken. Drinks were served as soon as the plane was cruis­ing. Din­ner fol­lowed, with a choice of two starters and four mains – some cre­ated by fa­mous Hong Kong-based Fin­nish chef Jaakko Sorsa, ex­ec­u­tive chef of restau­rant Finds. I tried his roast beef and potato salad with mush­rooms, and At­lantic cod with gar­lic and pars­ley cream sauce, potato wedges and veg­eta­bles, with cheese and pe­tit fours for dessert. The flavours were ex­cel­lent, and I was happy that the por­tions were well judged to be rel­a­tively light, given this is a night flight and most pas­sen­gers plan to sleep af­ter the meal. I didn’t try the wine or the in­trigu­ing Fin­nish cock­tails, but the three reds and whites on the wine list looked very good – in­clud­ing French, Span­ish, Por­tuguese and Aus­tralian vin­tages.

I watched one of the dozens of movies avail­able on the IFE while I ate, then worked briefly be­fore pre­par­ing to sleep. The bed is fully flat and I was able to get com­fort­able with the cush­ion and du­vet pro­vided. I slept well for five hours – the A350 is a quiet air­craft and the more nor­mal air pres­sure re­ally helps.

About 90 min­utes be­fore ar­rival a muted ping­ing sound woke pas­sen­gers gen­tly. My spinach omelette break­fast was served af­ter I’d fresh­ened up in the bath­room. I then tried to get onto the wifi – I’d been un­able to con­nect be­fore sleep­ing. This time it worked, and band­width speed was as good as I’ve had on board a plane.

This is a great plane for long-haul. Fin­nair adds a highly func­tional, well-built seat prod­uct and good ser­vice to of­fer a highly com­pet­i­tive in­tercon­ti­nen­tal op­tion.

Right: A350-900 busi­ness class

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