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Georgy

St. Petersburg-Helsinki-Vienna with Finnair

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 airporthttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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 Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Its tail number was OH-LKN (an online search shows that it came off the production line in 2009)
Embraer 190 of Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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 Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Gate number 3
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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 Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Passenger cabin of an Embraer 190 of Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Economy class seats:
Passenger cabin of an Embraer 190 of Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

There was plenty of legroom, which made things much more comfortable.
Passenger cabin of an Embraer 190 of Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

The cabin was well kept and cozy, with friendly and cheerful flight attendants!
Passenger cabin of an Embraer 190 of Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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 Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Taxi and takeoff were fairly quick.
St. Petersburg-Helsinki with Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
St. Petersburg-Helsinki with Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

After about 10 minutes, we were bathed in sunlight, which was quite a contrast to cloudy, rainy St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg-Helsinki with Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

The control panel with reading lights, air conditioning vents and flight attendant button was circular in shape.
Passenger cabin of an Embraer 190 of Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

The restrooms were clean.
Restroom of an Embraer 190 of Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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 Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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 mealhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

There was also a "Snacks & Bar" menu available in the seat pocket, which you could use to order a snack.
Finnair's board mealhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

The flight was pretty quiet and uneventful, we began our descent after 20 minutes.
St. Petersburg-Helsinki with Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Descending over Helsinkihttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Descending over Helsinki
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Welcome to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.
Helsinki Vantaa airporthttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/


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.
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The transfer was quick and convenient. After getting through security, we found ourselves in the duty-free zone.
Helsinki Vantaa airporthttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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 airporthttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Tail number OH-LVI
Airbus A319 of Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

We boarded the plane from gate 29.
Helsinki Vantaa airporthttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

The plane being prepared for departure.
Airbus A319 of Finnair at the Helsinki Vantaa airporthttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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 Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

The rows in economy class have plenty of legroom. It was very comfortable.
Passenger cabin of an Airbus A319 of Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Each seat came with a coat hook.
Passenger cabin of an Airbus A319 of Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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 Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Passenger cabin of an Airbus A319 of Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Magazines and newspapers are available for a fee.
Cabin attendant of Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

The restrooms were sparkling clean.
Restroom in an Airbus A319 of Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Restroom in an Airbus A319 of Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

This was the first time I've ever encountered an Airbus layout with the restrooms in the tail.
Restroom in an Airbus A319 of Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

Takeoff and climb were very smooth. The pilots really knew what they were doing.
Helsinki-Vienna with Finnairhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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 mealhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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:(https://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/
Finnair's board mealhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

After that we were served tea, coffee and soft drinks.
Finnair's board mealhttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

After the 2 hours in flight, we began our descent
Flying over Austriahttps://www.airlines-inform.ru/license/

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:
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Thank you all for reading. Go Finnair!
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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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Shashi

Opax, thanks for the nod. And I aplozgioe that comments you made on my site didn't show up until just now. They were lost in my 'dashboard' and I don't know what I'm doing...

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