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Finnair’s Unique Business Class Debuts on All U.S. Flights in August

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Finnair recently unveiled a unique business-class seat that was a first in the industry.

While it’s been flying on some routes to the U.S. for some time now, the airline has confirmed that business class passengers on routes between the U.S. and Finland from August 1, 2023, are guaranteed to experience its new seat.

“As we approach our centenary, it is wonderful to be able to bring our new innovative long-haul cabin to more destinations, and customers, across the world”, said Anssi Partanen, market director for the U.K. and Ireland at Finnair.

Let’s take a look at the seat in more detail and where you’ll be able to fly it.

All Finnair’s U.S. Routes Will Have the New Seat

By the end of summer 2023, Finnair passengers flying on total of 14 of its routes will get to enjoy the unique Collins Aerospace seats.

As it stands, 5 of those destinations include the U.S. cities of Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK), and Seattle (SEA), until Los Angeles becomes the 6th U.S. city as of August 1, 2023, when the seat will debut on the route.

Bottom Line:

If you’re based in the U.S. and don’t have any Finnair Plus Points, you can convert your credit card points to British Airways Avios and redeem using those instead.

Finnair’s Business Class Seat

If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, the seat, which has been tried and tested by Upgraded Points, is surprisingly comfortable given that it doesn’t recline.

Finniair New Biz Seat 1A
Seat 1A onboard a Finnair Airbus A330 that has been retrofitted with its new state-of-the-art seat. Image Credit: Daniel Ross

This means that the rounded, cocoon-style shape of the seat is also unique. The entire inside surface of the frame of the seat is cushioned and ready to be lounged in in whichever which way you feel most comfortable.

The aim is so that passengers are able to move freely within their seats and find comfort in ways that more restrictive seats wouldn’t otherwise permit.

Instead of having to clamber out of your seat and use buttons to slowly recline it, the design of Finnair’s new business class seat incorporates 2 separate small flat surfaces that raise up from their stowed vertical position and join together to make a fully flat surface.

Finnair Non Recline Biz Seat
Picture: The 2 small moveable surfaces which come together in seconds to turn the seat into a fully-flat bed. Image Credit: Daniel Ross

This can be done without getting out of your seat.

Final Thoughts

From August 1, 2023, Finnair’s new business class seat will feature on all of its flights to the U.S. If you’re planning a trip to Europe anytime soon and it makes sense to include Finnair’s new seat in your itinerary, then we’d highly recommend you give it a go.

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About Daniel Ross

Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.

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