February 9 2018  |  Inflight Entertainment

Finnair transitions to digital newspapers on long-haul flights

By Rachel Debling

Cabin crew having to dispose of strewn-aside newspapers following a flight may be a thing of the past, at least on long-haul Finnair flights. The airline announced on February 8 that PDFs of over 50 newspapers from all corners of the world will be available on Finnair's A330 and A350 aircraft via their Nordic Sky portal. The portal can be accessed free of charge with guests' personal devices in both Business and Economy Class and without the need to purchase Wi-Fi. Digital newspapers will also be available on A350 flights on the Helsinki-London-Helsink route.

While the airline will cease distributing traditional paper-based newspapers on its long-haul flights, customers on European flights will still be offered paper editions. Paper issues will be phased out altogether later this year when Wi-Fi is made available on the carrier's European fleet.

In a February 8 statement, Tiina Vesterinen, Director for Customer Experience Development at Finnair, commented: “We are happy to be able to offer a wide selection of digital newspapers to our international customers. With digital papers, customers always get the latest copy, regardless of where their flight is departing from, and we never run out of stock.”

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