✅ Trip Verified
| London to Bangkok via Helsinki. I had booked this flight as a mistake, I should've booked with Oman Air (Who was cheaper at the time) but then I chose too quickly. Upon realising that there was a 17 hour layover, I was prepared. I used the Qantas lounge at Terminal 3. Boarding took 45 minutes for an A321. Only newspapers were offered during boarding. We took off with a relatively empty business cabin, and the purser was attending to every passenger personally. There was a choice of beef stew with risotto or chicken and pasta bake. I chose the beef and it was excellent for a 2 hour flight. The flight landed at midnight in Helsinki, and there were napping chairs available so I had a nap for 4 hours, waiting for the lounge to open. Once the lounge opened, I grabbed one of the sleeping pods and had another four hours of surprisingly good sleep. Lounge food on offer was better than most european lounges I have seen, two hot options and plenty of cold options. Wine and alcohol selection was plenty. Upon boarding in Helsinki, I was offered a choice of blueberry juice, champagne or water. The seat on the A350 was the 1-2-1 business class found on many other airlines. However, I felt more cramped as Qatar Airways has 6 rows in it's forward cabin whereas Finnair has 8 rows in it's forward cabin. The seat in bed mode was comfortable and adequate for sleeping. Accompanied by Marimekko designed bedware, a soft pillow and light duvet. I had a great 6 hours of sleep on this flight. Food on this flight: The starter was great. Smoked gravlax and scallops. My preordered ox cheek, enjoyed with a glass of pinot noir (Unusually served in a flat glass) was excellent, although I would've preferred the food to be served in a plate instead of a bowl. But the flight attendants said that this takes time, and passengers would prefer having the food quickly rather than looking nicer. Breakfast service was quick and delicious, although those who don't like spinach wouldn't have liked the breakfast (It was a spinach omelette with baked spinach and sausage and potato bags filled with spinach) and the other options (Salmon Bagel) weren't that appetising. The crew on all the flights were well trained and very friendly. They said that there was a Finnish style wherein they don't treat their passengers too much unlike Qatar or Emirates, but they still won best business class in Europe. The purser let me visit the crew rest area, and it was surprisingly spacious. Wifi is quite cheap (19EUR for the full flight) On the way back, I used the Cathay Pacific lounge in Bangkok and the flight was quite uneventful, but the business class on these flights were full. Fast track immigration was given in London, but the baggage claim took ages at the oldest terminal in London. (Terminal 3) Overall, Finnair was a great accidental choice and quite cheap. The quality was excellent and I recommend Finnair.