Major changes have been made to the business-class food concept, while the premium economy service was created from scratch.
Travelers flying with Finland’s flag carrier in either business or premium economy can look forward to elevated dining offerings introduced in step with the upgrades to its long-haul fleet. In a statement, Finnair’s Head of Inflight Customer Experience Eerika Enne said, “We wanted to completely rethink the service concept. The new menus have been designed by our chefs in Finnair Kitchen focusing on pure and fresh flavors drawing on our Nordic heritage and complemented with local elements.”
The newly launched Iittala Kuulas dining collection by Harri Koskinen, exclusively created for Finnair, played a major role in the redesign. According to the airline, the modern tableware inspired the chefs to come up with dishes that are “relaxed in style but of very high quality.”
Another aspect considered in the business-class food concept was changeability based on the duration of the journey. With shorter flights, the service is swifter to maximize sleep time, while customers on longer flights will have more time to savor the flavors. Business-class passengers can enjoy up to a six-course meal with smaller bistro-style dishes; two cold dishes are followed by a hot dish and a side, both of which have three options. The meal is completed with cheese, dessert, and the new beverage selection.
A second lighter meal is served before landing; depending on the time of the day, this could be a breakfast or a light lunch. Business-class customers flying out from Helsinki or Stockholm Arlanda can now pre-select their first main course in “manage booking” at least 24 hours before departure.
For passengers booked into the all-new premium economy class, the three-course main meal is served on the same Iittala tableware as in business class. There are two main dish options to choose from. “In premium economy the focus is on quality casual dining with a target to cater to many tastes,” Enne added.
The beverage selection has also gone through some changes, most notably the addition of Finnair’s new signature cocktail, Northern Blush. This fresh drink, featuring lingonberry, gin, and orange peel, is served in all cabin classes. The airline has also narrowed its focus on Finnish producers, with whisky sourced from Kyrö, gin from Helsinki Distillery, and Valamo XO chosen as the dessert wine.