Recently I flew in Economy Comfort class with Finnair from Finland (Helsinki Vaanta Airport) to Tokyo Narita, Japan – and I wanted to share my experience with you.
London to Tokyo can be a long flight, but Helsinki to Tokyo helps to break up the distance a little bit.
Why not stop over in Helsinki, Finland?
The great thing about flying with Finnair from London to Tokyo is that you break up the flight time, and get to spend a few days exploring Helsinki and other cute historical towns close by such as the old town of Porvoo.
Finland has a lot of wonderful nature that you can explore easily, and makes for a perfect stopover break if you have the time.
Finnair and the new Airbus 350
Finnair has recently started to fly the new aircraft A350-900 from Helsinki to many parts of Asia, which gives their travellers a wonderful long haul flying experience – with that extra Finnish touch for great value.
Be sure to stop by the Finnair Lounge
First of all, before I flew to Tokyo I accessed the non Schengen Finnair lounge to grab a bite to eat and have one last Finnish sauna before I departed Finland.
Be sure to read my review and watch my video about the Finnair Lounge. Just to be clear – this isn’t included in the Economy Comfort package, although you can use your Air Miles to access this lounge if you wish.
Flying Economy Comfort with Finnair
Flying long haul in Economy can be a drag, which is why why it’s always a good idea to look into options that can help make the journey a little more special.
I already had my flight booked in Economy, and noticed that I could use my Finnair Plus Air Miles to upgrade to Economy Comfort. I wanted to write about my experience and share my thoughts on if the experience was worth it or not.
Here is my review of the Economy Comfort experience on-board the A350-900 from Helsinki to Tokyo with Finnair.
Priority boarding for Finnair Economy Comfort Passengers
Once the Finnair business class passengers have boarded, Economy Comfort passengers have priority boarding just after that.
This is nice, especially when you travel with hand luggage and want to ensure that you can find space for your bag before the flight gets filled up.
You will also find a bottle of water waiting for you on your seat. I try to drink as much water as I can to avoid getting headaches on long flights, so it’s great to start with the first bottle straight away once you get seated.
Economy Comfort seating gives you extra leg room
Economy Comfort seating is located in the front section (the first four or five rows of the Economy Class cabin) and makes your intercontinental travel even more pleasurable.
You will get 8–13cm additional legroom compared to the standard economy seats. For a tall guy like me, it really comes in handy and you can feel the extra room.
Flying with noise-cancelling headphones makes a big difference as they block out all the surrounding ambient sound such as aircraft noise, allowing you to focus on watching the large selection of movies on the entertainment system.
If you’ve never travelled before using noise-cancelling headphones, this is one great reason alone to try out Economy Comfort as passengers get to use a pair for the duration of the flight.
Marimekko designed personal amenity kit
Did you know that each Finnair Economy Comfort passenger gets a personal amenity kit to help make your journey more enjoyable?
The bag itself is an exclusive design for Finnair by Marimekko. Inside you will find: ear plugs, eyemask, socks, toothbrush & toothpaste. Perfect to refresh yourself and enjoy your flight.
Complimentary wifi for one hour
Want to send a message to your friends in the sky? You can with Economy Comfort. Each passenger gets one hour of complimentary wifi to try in the sky.
Super fun, and my connection was rather good for emails and social media considering we were flying in the sky.
Is Finnair economy comfort worth the upgrade?
For a long haul flight on the A350, I would say go for it! The additional comfort you get for such a long flight is well worth it, especially for the additional legroom and noise-cancelling headphones if you don’t happen to have your own.
I would like to add that a few additional perks would make the package a lot better such as an exclusive menu choice for Economy Comfort passengers or lounge access, I understand that this would add more demand to the service but that’s my suggestion to improve the offering.
Overall if I had the choice, I would choose Economy Comfort again, especially on the A350.
Thank you for reading my review – wishing you a very happy and safe onwards journey on your next adventure.