After a restful night in ARN, I took a AY flight from ARN-HEL and arrived with plenty of time to look for some gifts at the Duty Free and explore the Finnair Premium Lounge. I have decided to skip the report on the ARN-HEL segment since this was a very short flight and my "window" seat turned out to be facing a wall instead and I couldn't take any pics of aerials or spotting.
I arrived at the desk and presented my boarding pass. The receptionist invited me to go to my left and enter the Premium Lounge. To the right is the Business Lounge.
At the entrance there is a sign pointing to the right for the showers and sauna.
Upon entering the lounge, you see the buffet display to your right. Tucked in a corner are the chinaware and utensils. Attendants were friendly and attentive.
First there are the hot items.
Followed by the cold ones.
The left side by the entrance there is a long table with some stools opposite the buffet.
The dining area.
I then decided to take a shower and entered through a hall that connected the WC's with the shower area.
There was no attendant, so I just grabbed one that was available. I found it to be very clean and well stocked with different toiletries. The shower had a sensor that was motion activated.
After I finished I exited the lounge and stopped briefly at the Business lounge to take a look.
Time to go to the gate and get acquainted with the Comfort Class product. AY allows their own Platinum members and other Oneworld Emerald members to choose these seats for free. Boarding was conducted in an orderly manner with designated priorities respected.
At the end of the jetbridge there was a cart with newspapers.
The purser was at the door greeting passengers as they entered.
First impression was positive. The bulkhead seat was very roomy and there was a blanket, pillow, amenity kit and bottle of water on each seat. Noise cancelling headphones were in the pockets.
Lots of legroom for the bulkhead seats.
FA's were making sure that nothing was placed in front of the bulkhead seats, including coats. One of them asked for my coat and stored it in the overhead bin.
The flight was full and once everyone boarded the door was closed and we taxied to the runway. i spotted an AY A350 and JL 787.
Once we leveled off the service started. The purser gave me a personal welcome and thanked me for flying AY. She said that I could have anything to drink including a glass of champagne which was nice.
There was a choice of meals and I had the chicken. It was served with the foil on the main dish. The appetizer was some sort of root vegetable with barley. A piece of Tomme Noire , crackers, cup of water and packaged cake were also on the tray. I asked for a glass of AY's signature drink - blueberry juice.
After the meal service coffee or tea was offered.
Later on the galley was set up with drinks and there was a container with leftover cakes and cheeses.
I did not use much of the IFE. About 1.5 hr before arrival the second meal started and it consisted of a sandwich.
Arriving in JFK.
I started to have an allergy attack with frequent sneezing and had to take antihistamines once I arrived. I had access to Global Entry and was through Immigration and Custom in about 10 min.
Taxiing to the gate.
Finnair Premium Lounge
Helsinki - HEL
New York - JFK
The AY Premium Lounge at HEL was a great place to relax before the flight and never felt crowded. Catering was very good offering a nice assortment of choices. Staff was at times soliciting and one of them even recommended me a cucumber drink to try with my meal.
The showers were well appointed and the availability of a sauna was an advantage, even though I did not get the chance to try it. For those that are prudish, this facility is a mixed one with access for both sexes. There are changing rooms available in addition to showers.
AY's Econcomy Comfort is a wonderful product, especially the bulkhead seats which offer plenty of legroom to stretch out. The little extras like amenity kit which is slightly different from the J ones, noise cancelling headphones and the bottle of water are appreciated. Catering is the same as the rest of the Y cabin It's pretty generous of AY to offer these seats to other Oneworld Emerald members for free.
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