It looks really good. Kind of reminds me of how the new Lufthansa business class seat looks. Of course most lie flat seats are pretty similar though. It is good to see Finnair bringing a competitive product to the marekt.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
These are the same seats that Iberia and South African have installed. It is the Sicma Majesty seat. Looks great with the Finnair colors. I'm glad there is still a passenger MD-11 flying scheduled flights. It is one good looking aircraft.
Well, Boeing MD11 is the official name of the type. Shame that the seats wont be installed until the year´s end. Economy will profit by getting lcd-screens in place of the current roof-mounted monitors, but no ptv. Finnair is a low-cost-service airline with the cost-structure of a mainline carrier. New crew rest areas will also be fitted to the back of the cabin, I suppose this will be done at the same time as the business-refit.
No, I´ve never been on a low-cost flight and never intend to. Never will go to LIDL either as the "cheap cheap cheap"-concept just repulses me. Tavis-meininkiä.
By low-cost-service I meant the general service attitude of the crew, especially on long-haul flights. They really know how to make the customer feel unwanted! And also the MD11 cabin, with no ptv and cramped C-section seating. But I also understand why they do not want to upgrade the aircraft, why do it for Aurinkomatkat (tour operator) IT-pax who pay a price for the flight which is under the yield? Just feel sorry for the people who transfer in HEL from European destinations to Finnair´s long-haul, as they would be much better off with EK/BA/VS etc.
The front part of the economy section is actually 3-4-2. I can't understand why they'd do that, since it'll mess with their marketing (you won't know what you're getting when you buy the ticket). Selling it as Economy+ or having a consistent cabin would be more logical.
In any case, it's probable Finnair will order the B7E7 or the A350, so the seats should be wider in the future. Going from 8 to 9 should be harder than squeezing in an extra tenth seat .
As for the crew, I've never had a problem myself. Still, it's a subjective matter, and some employees may be worse than others. The new asian personnel has however always been very pleasant so far - I'm glad they decided to hire local staff from the countries they fly to.
Ohlbu: "No, I've never been on a low-cost flight and never intend to." Oh come on, you're willing to pay an extra £200 for a newspaper and a gross croissant?
Eilennaei: an interesting point. It's certainly true that Asia - China in particular - is going to see an explosion of outbound travel, and Finnair, with it's long history of serving Asia, combined with it's idea geographic location, is well situated to do very well. It does indeed sound like sci-fi but I can also see half a dozen A380s with Finnair flying to China, HK, Thailand, Japan et al and feeding the pax onto A350s bound for all the European capitals.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
just a little off topic...how many Asian crew per flight to Asian destination? Is it like LH where lets say flt to BKK will be staffed with at least 5 Thais? Where are these Asian crew based at? Just curious because last time I flew AY BKK-SIN were all old mamas.
Scandinavian - unfortunately yes... They were my favourite just three years ago with great service. But now - same prices and I get 125 vs 1250 miles and need to pay for water???
I have had at least 2 Thais per HEL-BKK sector. They are based in BKK, usually Thais who can speak Chinese as well since they also serve HKG/SIN pax. In addition, AY has Japanese and Chinese F/As as far as I know.
The front part of eco in Finnair´s MD11 is 3-4-2 so you get wider seats with adjustable neck-rests. These seats can be booked in advance if you have a higher fare (Y or B, maybe some others as well) ticket. With lower prices you end up in c-section, rows 41-61. However, the seats left vacant in b-section 2 days before dep are given at airport check-in, 21JL (on OH-LGA/B/C/D) being baby bassinet seats so they will in most cases be given to pax traveling with infants.