On my Finnair A330 flight to London I also had a chance to check out the carrier’s new premium economy class, which offers a more traditional seat than in business class and represents an ideal compromise between economy and business class on a daytime flight.
Finnair A330 Premium Economy Class
Finnair will be gradually adding a new premium economy cabin to its entire longhaul fleet, with the new cabin set to appear on all Airbus A330-200 and A350-900 aircraft by the end of 2023. Already, the premium economy seat is flying on four aircraft, including:
The Finnair premium economy seat includes:
- 38” (96.5cm) seat pitch
- Better seat recline and a leg rest supporting the whole leg
- Memory foam cushions for added comfort
- At least 13” screen for in-flight entertainment
- Personal reading light
- Cocktail table as well as a large and firm meal table
- Universal PC power and USB-A outlets
- Plenty of storage features
Finnair also promises an enhanced dining experience:
In Premium Economy, you’ll enjoy two meal services: a high-quality three-course meal as well as a lighter second meal or snack before landing. The first meal has two main course options, and it is served on chinaware created exclusively for Finnair by the Finnish design icon Iittala.
In addition to the meals, you can enjoy complimentary beverages and drinks (excluding champagne) throughout the flight.
Champagne and snacks are also available for purchase.
The A330 will feature 21 premium economy seats and the cabin will official launch on May 11, 2022 to Singapore, with other “guaranteed” routes to follow.
Currently, like on my flight to London, premium economy is simply treated as extra-legroom economy, with no difference in service. For that reason, I did not fly in premium economy, but still took a few minutes to check out the seats.
My verdict: very comfortable seats that will be appreciated especially on daytime flights from Asia to Helsinki or Helsinki or Stockholm to the USA. While I happened to like the new business class seats, I suspect some will find these premium economy seats even more comfortable in the semi-reclined position, since these seats actually do recline.
I didn’t have much time in the seats before other passengers streamed onboard, but a few notes:
- The seats were well-padded and very comfortable
- Legrests extend from each seat, not just in the front row
- 13-inch IFE screens make are noticeably large
I’ll reserve final judgment until I try it on a longhaul flight, but I had very favorable impressions of the new Finnair premium economy seat on the A330 and think it will be a great success if priced competitively.