Premium Economy on the Airbus A350 (Photo: Finnair-Photographer Mikko Ryhänen)

Finnair’s Premium Economy cabin will appear this spring. It will offer a choice of comfortable seats with about 50 percent more space than the economy class. The new class is located in its own intimate and dedicated cabin. It will accommodate a maximum of 26 passengers.

The Finnish airline is the launch customer for the “Vector Premium” seat, manufactured by HAECO. The seat has been highly customized to Finnair’s exact specifications. The Premium Economy seat offers increased comfort and ergonomics, a 21 cm higher recline, an adjustable leg rest and six headrest positions.

Finnish designers are used in the Premium Economy seat

Passengers will also find spaces integrated into the seat for storing computers and personal items, as well as a personal reading light. A large tray table allows passengers to work and eat at the same time. Several universal PC and USB-A power ports and a 33 cm video screen are among the seat options.

Premium Economy customers enjoy two meal services as well as a selection of beverages throughout the flight. Finnair has commissioned Finnish designer Harri Koskinen and Iittala to design the in-flight tableware. Fashion designer Marimekko also designed the blanket and cushions for the new class

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The trend toward upscale travel accelerated dramatically during the pandemic

Commenting on the new class, Ole Orvér, Finnair’s commercial director, says: ” The trend towards premium travel has accelerated considerably during the pandemic. We are confident that our new Premium Economy will be very popular with customers looking for a superior experience

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Traditional Economy Class Refreshed

Finnair has also refreshed its traditional economy class. New seats on Finnair’s A330s and three new A350s have improved ergonomics. The seat has more personal storage options and a USB socket as well as a larger video screen.

Finnair’s A350s currently in service will also see their economy cabins receive new seat covers. The launch of the new Premium Economy cabin is part of a significant €200 million investment in the long-haul product.

For the summer of 2022, the airline has announced new routes to Busan (Korea), Dallas and Seattle. Finnair will also resume flights to Tokyo Haneda.