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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.
Read more posts from my trip to Northern Europe:
A trip through Northern Europe & the Baltics – Introduction
American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco SFO review
American Airlines First Class Airbus A321T San Francisco SFO to New York JFK review
A quick layover in New York City from JFK airport
American Airlines Flagship Lounge New York JFK review
American Airlines Business Class Boeing 767-300 New York JFK to Manchester MAN review
Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Centre Riverside review
Upperdeck Airport Lounge Glasgow GLA review
Aspire Lounge London Heathrow LHR Terminal 5 review
Hotel Skt. Petri Copenhagen, Denmark review
Copenhagen, Denmark – Museums on a rainy day
Copenhagen, Denmark – Nyhavn, Christiania & more
Craft beer in Copenhagen, Denmark – The Mikkeller bars
Aviator Airport Lounge – Copenhagen CPH review
Norwegian Air Economy Class Boeing 737-800 Copenhagen CPH to Riga RIX review
Radi Un Draugi Hotel Riga, Latvia review
Riga, Latvia – Exploring the Old Town
Riga, Latvia – Museums & a tough 20th century
Riga, Latvia – Street markets & food
Craft beer in Riga, Latvia
Lux Express Riga, Latvia to Tallinn, Estonia review
Hotel Bern Tallinn, Estonia review
Tallinn, Estonia – Exploring the views of the Old Town
Tallinn, Estonia – Exploring Patarei Prison
Craft beer in Tallinn, Estonia
Eckero Finlandia ferry Tallinn, Estonia to Helsinki, Finland review
Holiday Inn Helsinki – West Ruoholahti review
Helsinki, Finland – Exploring the food markets & city centre
Helsinki, Finland – Exploring the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
Craft beer in Helsinki, Finland
Finnair Lounge Helsinki HEL non-Schengen review
Finnair Business Class Airbus A321 Helsinki HEL to London Heathrow LHR review
American Airlines Flagship Lounge London Heathrow LHR review
American Airlines First Class Boeing 777-200 London Heathrow LHR to Dallas-Fort Worth DFW review
American Express Centurion Lounge Dallas-Fort Worth DFW review
American Airlines First Class Boeing A321S Dallas-Fort Worth DFW to San Francisco SFO review
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