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Wed, 7 Nov 2018

Finnair to Refurbish ATR Fleet; Launch Premium Economy on Long Haul Flights

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 its customers.

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.

Finnair Airbus A350-900 reg: OH-LWH at Changi Airport in Singapore in September 2018. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

“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.

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