Finnair Business Class Airbus A321 Helsinki HEL to London Heathrow LHR review

After visiting the Finnair lounge in Helsinki, it was finally time to start making my way home. My first flight of a long day was between Helsinki and London Heathrow.


The sun was rising as I boarded the Airbus A321, treating me to this view.


I was sitting in seat 1D (One Direction fans will probably scream about this) in business class. Intra-Europe business class is of course nothing particularly special. The middle seat was blocked out. There was a sign on it saying this blocking service was “complimentary”. I’m glad I didn’t have to bribe someone to not take it?



The first row was a bulkhead row, so there was a bit more legroom, though I’m not a fan of having to put my bag overhead. I travel light on carryons on a trip like this, so I’m accustomed to having everything right near me.¬†Additionally, thanks to being a bulkhead row, the seats were a bit narrower due to them having tray tables in the armrests.

The seats were nice and comfortable for economy business class seats. There was plenty of padding, and I liked the clean, grey look. All of Finnair has excellent design.

The one major drawback of having seat 1D on this flight is that every dipshit with a rolling bag crashes it into your leg while they board. At least the flight wasn’t full, so I only had glare at about half a cabin’s worth of people as they passed.

Once boarding completed, we were off. The flight from Helsinki to London Heathrow is about 2.5 hours.

Meal service started with a hot towel, or more accurately a “HOT! HOT! HOT! HOT! HOT! lukewarm cold” towel. If there’s a product out there that has such a narrow window of utility, I haven’t seen it.

The hot breakfast was an egg, some creamed spinach, sausages, and potatoes.


I know the photo makes it look like it was made out of plastic, and that’s honestly that photo is an accurate representation, so I was skeptical. Fortunately, it tasted much better than it looked.

The flight was uneventful, and I even managed to doze a little bit since it was so early. We landed at London Heathrow, and I was off for the next leg of my journey. Overall, I enjoyed my Finnair experience. Their employees were all friendly, and I liked their clean design scheme that they use across their brand. Someday I’ll have to check them out on a long-haul flight.

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