Finnair has unveiled plans to renew the entire
cabin of its ATR aircraft and introduce a Premium Economy
cabin class to its long-haul fleet as part of a commitment to
offer a high level of customer comfort and increased choice for
Finnair’s ATR aircraft are currently used for
domestic flights in Finland, on flights to the Baltics, to Gdansk
in Poland and to Stockholm’s Bromma airport. The flights are
operated by Finnair’s partner Norra.
The cabin renewal will
include new seats, new carpets and a fresher cabin
interior design. The first ATR aircraft with the renewed cabin is
expected to be in operation in summer 2019, and the refurbishment
of the 12 aircraft will be completed by the end of Q1, 2020.
“We want our customers to get a fresh Nordic
experience on our regional flights,” said Piia Karhu, Senior Vice
President, Customer Experience at Finnair. “The regional feeder
traffic is an important part of the Finnair network – we have over
30 000 ATR flights every year.”
Finnair will also introduce
Premium Economy class to its entire long-haul fleet from 2021.
Located in its own cabin, the Premium Economy class will provide customers with
more space and comfort as well as an enhanced service
offering when compared to what they would receive in Economy class.
“We see a growing trend of quality focused
travellers, who place a strong focus on the comfort and quality of
their travel experience,” Karhu added. “Responding to customer
needs from all our key markets, our new Premium Economy class will
serve the requirements of both leisure and corporate customers.”
The rollout of Premium Economy class to
Finnair’s long-haul fleet starts in Q4 2020 and is expected to be
completed by the end of 2022.
Detailed planning of the cabin design,
service concept as well as the commercial aspects of these changes
are currently ongoing.