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Time to check the balance in the travel piggy bank, as Finnair just recently started selling seats aboard their brand new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.
Finnair is the very first carrier over in Europe to score the keys to the new plane, and only the third airline in the world so far to gain access to all the new bells, whistles, switches, and controls. The tickets that are now available are for the launch route between Helsinki and Shanghai, as things are set to take to the skies October 25. After that, it’ll be Beijing scoring a route to Finland, as the plans call for that option to start November 21.
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Excited about going to Finland, but anxious about the social media disconnect during travel? Not a problem if you’re traveling aboard Finnair, as they are putting the pieces in place to ensure that WiFi is an option across their entire fleet.
Just don’t assume your next flight will have the up in the air connectivity, as initial reports sound like it’s going to take a little bit of time. Up first is the brandy new Airbus A350 which is scheduled to start doing its thing later this year. Eventually the A330s in the hangar will get the wires and transmitters, as well as some of the carrier’s short-haul airplanes—expect this at some point in 2016.
All in all we can expect the majority of Finnair’s planes to be doing the WiFi thing during 2018. When asked about the technology or provider behind the travel technology no real details were revealed, as apparently it’s still a little too early for that kind of info. We’ll keep you posted as to when they finally flip the switch, and of course when that first Finnair Airbus A350 takes to the skies.
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We do a lot of airport lounge spotlights here on Jaunted, but the truth is, only a small fraction of travelers can actually access these private lounges.
The rest of us are often forced to wait out our early arrivals, or plane delays or (god forbid) flight cancellations in hard-backed, uncomfortable seats outside the gates. Those of us who really need sleep will take it to the floor, often using a clumpy carry-on bag as a pillow.
But should you get stuck at the Helsinki Airport (HEL) in Finland, you'll have an easier time of finding some shuteye. That's because the airport has installed these GoSleep sleeping pods, which look like business class airplane seats stuffed inside futuristic egg-shaped capsules.
Here's how the thoroughly Finnish invention from Finavia is described:
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No need to go hungry on your next trip to or through Finland, as the folks over at the Helsinki Airport have put a new spin on the food delivery concept.
Those transiting through Terminal 2 at the airport can now order groceries and other goodies ahead of time, and they’ll be ready for pickup right after customs and before you head home.
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Earlier this summer we were finally able to check out FInnair and their up in the air abilities, but now it looks like we’ll have to try them out once again—we know, so difficult. That’s because the carrier is anxiously awaiting some brand new planes from the folks over at Airbus. The planes are some A350-XMBs to be specific, and in advance of their arrival the airline is showing off and sharing some images of the cabin.
The design, look, and feel of things are all thanks to the dSign Vertti Kivi & Co firm over in Helsinki. Travelers can expect a more spacious cabin, but that’s probably more the airplane than the design team—think larger windows, ambient lighting, and an improved air filtration system.
Here’s something new when it comes to airport technology, and it’s all taking place over at Helsinki Airport.
The airport is going to be the first in the world to actually kind of track passengers, as well as each and every movement that they make as they progress through the terminals and concourses. If WiFi is enabled on your mobile phone then they’ll be able to see where you’re going; however, thankfully it does sound like you need to opt-in to things before airport officials will be checking you out.
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It's a must-do on a visit to Barcelona, and tourists can usually immediately identify the most iconic church the city has to offer: La Sagrada Familia. This Gaudi masterpiece stands tall in the metropolis and, despite the fact it's been 131 years since construction commenced, it still remains shrouded in safety tarps and scaffolding.
Now the Spaniards have a little competition thanks to some post-graduate students from Eindhoven University in the Netherlands and their quest to recreate the famous Gaudi structure in ice. This winter, the pair plans to carve an ice castle replica of the cathedral in Juuka, Finland, where the average temperatures hover around -4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
When we think of awesome airport lounge experiences, our mind typically turns to big, bad international carriers like Lufthansa or Cathay Pacific. However, there's no reason to overlook the smaller major carriers from other regions, such as Finnair, especially now that the airline is installing a full-fledged sauna right into the hustle and bustle of the terminal.
Finnair just released details on their new premium lounge at their home in Helsinki, schedule to open its doors on July 1, which is perfect timing to delight the summer tourist rush to Scandinavia.
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
This year, the world's northernmost airline, Finnair, celebrates 90 years of flying from here and there, bringing happy Finns to foreign lands for almost a century. Naturally with a huge milestone birthday like this, the folks over at the airline will dig into the archives, and they've already unearthed some fun television commercials bragging about their history and roots.
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If you think cruise shops are pretty fancy, then you haven't stepped onboard a Scandinavian ferry. Indeed, ferries aren't what they used to bethey're so much better, as musty waiting room-like spaces are being replaced with comfortable lounges, entertainment spaces and even airport-style shopping.
The latter is the highlight of the crossing between Stockholm, Sweden and Turku, Finland onboard the Viking Line ferry M/S Grace. The boat stops in Marihamn, a port town which sits pretty on the Åland Islands between the two Baltic Sea cities. These islands are one of those weird territories travelers love to visit, as they have their own government, flag, stamps and patriotism, but still come under some jurisdiction of another country (Finland, in this case). The draw for the ferries and their duty-free shops is that these boats are exempt from Europe's VAT tax. It's literally a booze cruisebuying it, not so much consuming it.
It's that time of the year again, when Scandinavia touts its reindeer meat and hotels made of ice. Luckily they've got a few other good qualities to keep attracting tourists even in the depths of dark winter...like the Aurora Borealis!
We may have previously told you about viewing the phenomenon from a plane, and Finnair knows that their flights are the best for Northern Lights-spotting. That's why they not only wrote a giant blog post about how the Finns sometimes take it for granted, but they're reminding travelers what side of the plane to sit on for the best viewing (hint: whichever side will face north).
Some other Aurora Borealis tips from Finnair:
It's not often that an airline comes out with its own book; actually, it's been damned rare since Pan Am ended production of their regional and world guidebooks. Still, it does happen and one such instance is now, with Finnair's publication of Airborne: Tales from A Thousand and One Flights [in Finnish, the title is Taivas mikä työpaikka].
The book, a 256-page collection of flight crew stories, was conceived of and written by Finnair's own people. The stories themselves are short and often with a quip, making for light and quick reading. Here's one such story we nipped off its site: