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Georgy

St. Petersburg-Helsinki-Vienna with Finnair

22.05.2013 г. Georgy
This review is about the Finnish national airline, Finnair, a member of the Oneworld alliance.


St. Petersburg-Helsinki

Like all international flights from St. Petersburg, this one began in Pulkovo Airport, terminal 2.
Pulkovo airport

The flight took place on 8/10/2012, flight number AY170, St. Petersburg-Helsinki. Departure was scheduled for 4:20 PM, and the plane was right on time.

I checked in online, and was able to pick my favorite seats (the ones at the very front of economy class).

The plane was an Embraer-190
Embraer 190 of Finnair

Its tail number was OH-LKN (an online search shows that it came off the production line in 2009)
Embraer 190 of Finnair

The plane was sporting Oneworld Alliance livery (according to the rules of the alliance, 2 planes in the fleet of each member airline have to have these colors).
Embraer 190 of Finnair

Gate number 3


Business class seats on Finnair flights are no different from economy class ones. The only real distinction is that business class windows have a shutter you can pull down.
Passenger cabin of an Embraer 190 of Finnair
Passenger cabin of an Embraer 190 of Finnair

Economy class seats:
Passenger cabin of an Embraer 190 of Finnair

There was plenty of legroom, which made things much more comfortable.
Passenger cabin of an Embraer 190 of Finnair

The cabin was well kept and cozy, with friendly and cheerful flight attendants!
Passenger cabin of an Embraer 190 of Finnair

The plane was about 90% full. Finnair does many flights to Asia, so the flights to Helsinki (which is a transit hub) are usually completely booked.
Passenger cabin of an Embraer 190 of Finnair

Taxi and takeoff were fairly quick.
St. Petersburg-Helsinki with Finnair
St. Petersburg-Helsinki with Finnair

After about 10 minutes, we were bathed in sunlight, which was quite a contrast to cloudy, rainy St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg-Helsinki with Finnair

The control panel with reading lights, air conditioning vents and flight attendant button was circular in shape.
Passenger cabin of an Embraer 190 of Finnair

The restrooms were clean.
Restroom of an Embraer 190 of Finnair

Reading materials onboard include:
1. Finnair's official flight magazines
2. Finnair's duty-free catalog
3. Finnair's duty-free preorder catalog

Flight magazines of Finnair

There were no meals served on this flight, as it was only 55 minutes long. The flight attendants served water and juice, however.
Finnair's board meal

There was also a "Snacks & Bar" menu available in the seat pocket, which you could use to order a snack.
Finnair's board meal

The flight was pretty quiet and uneventful, we began our descent after 20 minutes.
St. Petersburg-Helsinki with Finnair
Descending over Helsinki

Descending over Helsinki
Descending over Helsinki

Welcome to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.
Helsinki Vantaa airport


Helsinki-Vienna

Upon arrival at the airport, we headed directly to make the connection. The baggage was transferred directly and we picked it up in Vienna.
Finnair

The transfer was quick and convenient. After getting through security, we found ourselves in the duty-free zone.
Helsinki Vantaa airport

Our flight was number AY767, Helsinki-Vienna, departing at 5:05 PM. The plane was an Airbus A-319, made in 2000. It was in service with SABENA and Charterhouse Leasing.
Airbus A319 of Finnair at the Helsinki Vantaa airport

Tail number OH-LVI
Airbus A319 of Finnair

We boarded the plane from gate 29.
Helsinki Vantaa airport

The plane being prepared for departure.
Airbus A319 of Finnair at the Helsinki Vantaa airport

The business class cabin, as already mentioned, looks exactly like economy class, but offers a different level of service.
Passenger cabin of an Airbus A319 of Finnair

The rows in economy class have plenty of legroom. It was very comfortable.
Passenger cabin of an Airbus A319 of Finnair

Each seat came with a coat hook.
Passenger cabin of an Airbus A319 of Finnair

The upholstery was gray. The A-319 was perhaps 99% full due to tourists from Asia, as explained earlier.
Passenger cabin of an Airbus A319 of Finnair
Passenger cabin of an Airbus A319 of Finnair

Magazines and newspapers are available for a fee.
Cabin attendant of Finnair

The restrooms were sparkling clean.
Restroom in an Airbus A319 of Finnair
Restroom in an Airbus A319 of Finnair

This was the first time I've ever encountered an Airbus layout with the restrooms in the tail.
Restroom in an Airbus A319 of Finnair

Takeoff and climb were very smooth. The pilots really knew what they were doing.
Helsinki-Vienna with Finnair

The trip lasted 2 hours 35 minutes. An hour into the flight, meals were served. I had requested a low-carb meal ahead of time (this consisted of ciabatta, mozzarella cheese, grilled chicken fillet, olives and vegetables).
Finnair's board meal

The standard meals included ciabatta, noisettes, feta cheese, veggies and dried tomatoes. I'll be honest and say that the special needs meal wasn't very flavorful smile:(
Finnair's board meal

After that we were served tea, coffee and soft drinks.
Finnair's board meal

After the 2 hours in flight, we began our descent
Flying over Austria

For the landing, I give the pilots approximately 10000000/10. It was super-smooth. I didn't even feel the plane touch the ground. Even the Europeans onboard applauded, which they don't normally do.

And so I found myself in sunny Vienna International Airport.
The plane at the gate:
At the Vienna International airport

Thank you all for reading. Go Finnair!
Finnair

Finnair is rated 2nd best in the world for airline safety.

P.S. For a one-way trip on this flight, I received 1106 miles on my Finnair Plus frequent flyer card.
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