Review: Finnair A321 Business Class Berlin to Helsinki

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Flight numberAY 1438
Airplane typeAirbus A321
Seat number1A
Cost70,000 Asia Miles + HKD 710 (US$90)
(including flight from
Helsinki to Singapore)
Date of flightApril 2022

How I booked this ticket

This short 1.5 hours Business Class flight is part of a much longer route, involving my flight from Helsinki to Singapore in Finnair’s new Business Class seat.

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Finnair’s A321 Business Class

This is probably the most boring (fake) Business Class seat that you’ll ever see. I contemplated writing a review about it but decided to do it anyway as it is pretty much the standard narrow-body Business Class layout for intra-Europe flights. Besides, not everyone is flying Finnair’s longhaul Business class to/from directly from Helsinki!

With this seat/layout, the middle seat is blocked to give Business Class passengers more space. As you can see from the photos below, the seats in the first row have a larger legroom. Definitely aim for those, for a better experience.

Business Class seats
Curtain separating Economy Class and Business Class cabins
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Reminder that you are in a Business Class cabin
Legroom
Welcome drink
Hot towel

Dining

Honestly, I was expecting just a sandwich/pastry with hot drinks on this short flight and was pleasantly surprised when I received this delicious Salmon salad.

It came with a 150-gram-ish piece of salmon and was the only hot food available on the flight.

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Salmon salad

Service

Service was warm and friendly. As you would expect, there wasn’t that much interaction during this short flight.

Lounge experience

Flying Finnair Business Class from Berlin gets you access to Lounge Tempelhof, which was alright for some drinks and light snacks.

Lounge Tempelhof (read my review)

My ratings

This is how I am rating this short haul Business Class experience:

Seat2/10
Bed Mode
Dining9/10
Privacy3/10
Service8/10
Cleanliness9/10
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Bottom line

Finnair’s A321 holds the typically boring intra-Europe Business Class seats but the lovely onboard meal improved the experience.

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