February 14 2013  |  Inflight Entertainment

Finnair undertakes major fleet enhancement project

By Maryann Simson

Finnair is to roll out its fully-flat business class seat across its long-haul fleet by autumn 2014, says a recent report from businesstraveller.com.

The carrier currently offers a fully-flat product on four of its newest Airbus A330 aircraft, featuring a 79-inch bed with 23 inches of shoulder room, individual reading light, adjustable head rest, mood lights and “a range of inflight entertainment options”.

The seat will now be rolled out across all of Finnair’s A330 and A340 aircraft, with the exception of “three older aircraft”, which are due to be replaced by A350 XWBs in 2015.

Finnair will begin taking delivery of 11 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft in the second half of 2015, becoming the first European airline to fly the next-generation aircraft.

The carrier is also in the process of revamping its in-flight meal choices, and has commissioned Finnish design house Marimekko to refresh its aircraft interiors beginning this spring.

Finnair has reportedly invested €29 million into the project, which is slated for completion towards the end of 2014.

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