Finnair are one of the great European airlines, one of the few state-owned carriers that consistently makes money. I mentioned this on here just the other day ("What's wrong with the MD11"), I've flown them from London to New York via Helsinki. Excellent service, out business class back economy. The MD11s have 3-4-3 seating in economy but it was not an uncomfortable ride. Very efficient and big enough to be a "proper" airline, but small enough that a lot of the employees seem to know each other and definitely all the station managers know each other well, I was passed from one to the next on my journey as they knew who I was and looked after me very well, VIP lounge passes all the way even when the business cabin on the aircraft couldn't accomodate a non-rev passenger such as moi.
They make a LOT of money on their trans-Atlantic services, the load factors are in the region of 98%! This is because of the airline's tightly-scheduled connections from Russia.
The other great thing about Finnair that makes every British travel agent's life a lot easier is that every year they produce an A4-size card with the admin, sales and station phone number of EVERY airline that serve the UK. Across the top is a big ad for Finnair, but everyone else is on there too, and you'll see one on the desk of every travel agent throughout the Kingdom. Typically altruistically pragmatically Finnish. They're a GREAT people, I have a lot of Finnish friends here in south London (including the Finnair Heathrow station mngr, and my god can he drink, a trait shared by every single one of his countrymen).
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