From LAX to Helsinki: Highlights from Finnair A350 Business Class Experience

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Flying High
on Finnair

There’s never been an easier, comfortable and luxe way to arrive to Helsinki all the way from Los Angeles.

  1. Pre-Flight: OneWorld Lounge at LAX Airport

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Pre-flight champagne is a must-have on the itinerary before one departs for Helsinki. Take advantage of Finnair’s partnership with OneWorld and enjoy some fantastic amenities, from hot plates to a relaxing shower, before boarding.

Pre-flight champagne is a must-have on the itinerary before one departs for Helsinki. Take advantage of Finnair’s partnership with OneWorld and enjoy some fantastic amenities, from hot plates to a relaxing shower, before boarding.

2. In-Flight: Take Off and Meal Service

Whether you’re looking for a fizzy aperitif or a rare vintage, Finnair’s business class menu will be a welcomed delight. There are a ton of options to choose from, one can opt for a signature Finnish vodka gin and tonic or if you fancy, a glass of Joseph Perrier finest champagnes. I actually enjoyed the takeoff blueberry juice that they seemingly serve on tap — super effervescent and a refreshing, palette cleanser at that.

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For my main course, I went with a sumptuous order of beef short ribs paired with roasted carrots and kale. The meat was a bit on the tough side, most likely due to overheating. However, the flavors were robust and hit all the right notes.

For my main course, I went with a sumptuous order of beef short ribs paired with roasted carrots and kale. The meat was a bit on the tough side, most likely due to overheating. However, the flavors were robust and hit all the right notes.

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Honestly, I loved everything abut Finnair's generous meal service. It starts roughly an hour or two into the flight and once it does, it doesn’t quite end. Snacks, drinks and cocktails are made available throughout the flight, either through a flight attendant or walking into the galley where they have pre-made snacks “on-the-go.” I absolutely fell in love with the silverware and Marimekko cups that they serve the tea and coffee in. So stunning and super on brand for Finnair, which is a visual embodiment of Finnish culture.

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3. Post-Flight: Finding your Bearings in Helsinki

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Helsinki is no doubt the most populous city in Finland — it is the metropolitan home to a variety of hotels, museums, galleries, designer boutiques and award-winning, Michelin star restaurants. There’s plenty to do the moment you land, but I recommend resting up at your accommodations to get acclimated to the long, summer hours that keep the sun out from day to night.

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If you’re looking for Helsinki’s finest when it comes to modern and contemporary design + fashion, look no further than the city’s design district. There you’ll find some of Finland’s foremost designers on home decor, fashion and the like — from Marimekko to Minna Parikka.

One of the easiest ways to get around Helsinki is to purchase a tram card. The tram stops almost everywhere in the city center and beyond.

One of the easiest ways to get around Helsinki is to purchase a tram card. The tram stops almost everywhere in the city center and beyond.

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The Finns are extremely hospitable people, but they also have a reserved and private side. Get to know them and the entire city will open up to you!

The Finns are extremely hospitable people, but they also have a reserved and private side. Get to know them and the entire city will open up to you!

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4. Before You Leave: Consider the Archipelagos

One of the best things you could do outside of Helsinki is to travel to one of the 330+ archipelagos that surround the city. They are easily accessible by ferries that make multiple stops at different islands. We ended up in Lonna, which is the most picturesque city getaway you could imagine. It is pure beauty. Every corner your eyes land on will take your breath away.

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This post hardly scratches the surface of what Helsinki has to offer, but it is certainly a start. I am counting down the days until I head back to this part of the Nordic. Super grateful I got to go for the very first time thanks to the folks over at Finnair and OurFinland! What do you guys think? Is Helsinki on your next itinerary?

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