Dining options expand onboard and soon at airport in Helsinki


Starting October 1, Finnair began supplementing its complementary meal and snack service on European flights with optional, paid pre-order meals.

On the menu are four hot meals plus one fresh salad: Breakfast Enchilada (served all day), Beef Burgandy, Pasta Bolognese, Chicken Korma with Rice and Fresh Salad with Smoked Salmon.

The meals are offered to Economy Class passengers on all European scheduled flights, including those operated by Finnair’s partner Flybe Finland. Routes not included in the service are Finnish domestic flights and routes to Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Flight segments from Madrid to Helsinki are also excluded for operational reasons. The meals are unavailable in Business Class, as Business Class tickets already include an upgraded meal.

The meals are €10 if ordered in advance, or €12 if bought on board. A limited selection of meals will be available for purchase on board, so passengers are advised to order in advance. The meals can be ordered by logging into the My Booking section of the Finnair website, but others will be able to place their order at the time of booking as well.

For passengers who do not choose to pre-order a meal, light meal or snack service in Economy Class on all European scheduled flights longer than two hours remains complementary. On shorter flights customers can enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and juice and can buy selected items from the snack menu.

In other news from Helsinki, HMSHost has signed a long-term agreement with Finavia, operator of Helsinki Airport, for concessions.

HMSHost will offer a variety of proprietary and branded concepts with a mix of international names, local products and flavors. 

A number of customized concepts will bring Finnish gastronomy to the airport: nEAT, a Nordic eatery, The Finnish Kitchen & Bar with natural, fresh and delicious as key elements and The Citizen, a brewery and wine bar. 

To-go concepts Urban Food Market and GrabandFly target travellers in a hurry, and Noodle & Sushi Bar will respond to the travelers heading to the number one international destination for Helsinki Airport visitors: Japan. All outlets will be developed in phases between 2014 and 2016. 

"To secure Helsinki Airport’s position as the leading transit hub in Northern Europe for travel between Europe and Asia, we aim to further develop the airport’s commercial passenger services. We have focused on efficient airplane turnaround and high quality customer service. We now aim to reach the next level with Helsinki Airport’s commercial offering. Passengers on the long-haul flights in particular expect the airport to offer experiences and exceptional shopping opportunities. This is a challenge we are ready to tackle. We are delighted to welcome HMSHost to Helsinki Airport," says Anne Gullstén, Senior Vice President at Finavia.