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Finnair Business Class. New?  
User currently offline330lover From Belgium, joined Jul 2008, 588 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6160 times:

I came across the seat map of some Finnair A330-300's, and saw that the configuration looks a lot like the new LX business on their 330-300's.

Finnair: http://www.finnair.com/finnaircom/wp...47/Ay_seat_map_A330-300_OH-LTR.jpg
Swiss: http://www.swiss.com/web/EN/about_sw...ircraft/Pages/airbus_a330_300.aspx

Both show configs as 1-2-1 on 1 rom 2-2-1 next row and so on...

Tried to find some pic's of the AY business, but did not find any.

Someone has more info?


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User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6094 times:

The Finnair business class on their A330/340 aircraft is an angled lie flat seat designed by Recaro and is popular with a number of airlines. Here's a view of the cabin.

http://www.finnair.fi//filecontent/c...n/fleet/a340/a340_business_fin.htm

Finnair recently relaunched their business class and are using the new Contour Vantage seat which is indeed the same as what Swiss use and has enabled Finnair to increase the amount of seats in their business class while also moving to a full flat product. I think it's already on some aircraft and will be replacing the Recaro angled seats.

Here's the new seat:



Shamrock350


User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1224 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6072 times:

The new seats have been flying for some time on at least one A330, mainly serving the HEL-JFK route.


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User currently offlineflyingAY From Finland, joined Jun 2007, 700 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6037 times:

Here's the press release about the Contour Vantage seats from late December 2009.

https://newsclient.omxgroup.com/cdsPublic/viewDisclosure.action?disclosureId=379088&lang=en

[Edited 2010-07-01 04:27:11]

User currently offlineAirlineCritic From Finland, joined Mar 2009, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5880 times:

Yes it has changed. Neither seatguru or Finnair's own seat-selection pictures are accurate. If you want a window seat, for instance, you want to be on an even-numbered row on the right side. Otherwise the actual seat is quite far from the window.

User currently offlinesmi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1531 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5823 times:

There was also a press release about the same time the new interriors were announcced regarding, new uniforms did these ever eventuate?

User currently offlinePresRDC From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 660 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5709 times:

There are three A330s with the new interior. I've flown it a few times now and it is very nice. It is operating daily on the JFK-HEL-JFK route and on selected days on other routes, with BKK-HEL-BKK getting it several days a week. The seats are very nice as beds. Not ideal for sitting, but still an improvement on the angled lie-flats.

User currently offline330lover From Belgium, joined Jul 2008, 588 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5678 times:

Side question. Can AY deploy their 330's to all their long haul destinations, or is for instance SIN (to be reopened) out of reach?


Britten Norman Islander VP-FBR on Falkland Islands. THAT'S FLYING!
User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5534 times:

There seems to be a lot of storage space. I wonder why they didn't cut the storage space and have a bigger seat?

I'd be tied between wanting to sit near the window and wanting to sit alone. Decisions, decisions.


User currently offlineFunFlying From Finland, joined Jul 2001, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5385 times:

Quoting 330lover (Reply 7):
Side question. Can AY deploy their 330's to all their long haul destinations, or is for instance SIN (to be reopened) out of reach?

Currently yes, but SIN will be the first destination not suitable for A330 without severe payload restrictions. The A340 will do the job fine.



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User currently offlineAirlineCritic From Finland, joined Mar 2009, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5297 times:

Quoting babybus (Reply 8):
There seems to be a lot of storage space. I wonder why they didn't cut the storage space and have a bigger seat?

Its not storage space. In fact, the seat is very short of storage space. The big bubble/table on the side of the seat is the previous row's leg room.


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5131 times:

Quoting PresRDC (Reply 6):
There are three A330s with the new interior.

Yes, plus the 8th A333 coming later this year. Two a/c (OH-LTS, OH-LTT) have smaller Business class cabins than the other ones. I have understood when their booking engine shows "333/A330-300" it means the old seating in C and "330/A330" the new one.

Seat maps available here: http://www.finnair.fi/finnaircom/wps...flight/fleet/airbus-330-300/fi_FI#


User currently offline330lover From Belgium, joined Jul 2008, 588 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4914 times:

Will the other aircraft be refurbished, or do they keep the other business class?


Britten Norman Islander VP-FBR on Falkland Islands. THAT'S FLYING!
User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4618 times:

Quoting 330lover (Reply 12):
Will the other aircraft be refurbished, or do they keep the other business class?

Hopefully the rest of the widebodies get the new business seats soon. They must have high hopes for the business class demand on HEL-SIN, the new Contour Vantage seats needed on A343 there.


User currently offlinebeeweel15 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4578 times:

Quoting AirlineCritic (Reply 10):
Quoting babybus (Reply 8):
There seems to be a lot of storage space. I wonder why they didn't cut the storage space and have a bigger seat?

Its not storage space. In fact, the seat is very short of storage space. The big bubble/table on the side of the seat is the previous row's leg room.

While these seats are nice the problem I have is that on some seats, especially by the windows you still have to climb over the pax next to you.


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