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Finnair brings its new AirLounge Business Class to Singapore – daily VTL from April

You can be one of the first to sample Finnair's new A350 AirLounge Business Class between Singapore and Helsinki from April 2022, with daily VTL flights loaded including award space from 70,000 Asia Miles.

Finnair, the sole operator of Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights from Finland to Singapore with four weekly A350 services currently operating on the Helsinki – Changi route, has confirmed that it will be increasing to daily service for the summer season, with all flights continuing to operate quarantine-free in both directions.

“All our flights from Helsinki to Singapore [AY131] will be VTL flights until 29 October 2022.”

Finnair spokesperson, in response to a request from Mainly Miles

This will increase capacity on the route by 75% compared to the current operation, bringing flights back to pre-pandemic levels, with effect from 1st April 2022.

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AirLounge seats are coming to Singapore

Just last week we were writing all about Finnair’s innovative new Business Class seat being rolled out on its Airbus A330 and A350 long-haul fleet, and there’s some great news in this department too.

Finnair AirLounge Business Class on the Airbus A350. (Photo: Finnair)

From 1st April 2022 to 1st July 2022, Finnair is loading this brand new configuration on all its AY131 and AY132 Singapore flights, giving VTL passengers the opportunity to try out this brand new product, either for cash bookings or for great value surcharge-free miles redemptions.

That includes using 70,000 Asia Miles + S$25 to fly one-way in Business Class on the VTL from Europe.

The cabin is already fitted to at least two of the airline’s Airbus A350s, which will be used to operate the service.

Finnair’s Helsinki – Singapore route will be served by A350s with the new cabin products from April 2022. (Photo: Finnair)

You can identify the Airbus A350s with the new configuration because seats 1A and 1L are missing on the seat map either via the Finnair website or through a system like ExpertFlyer.

Two different layouts are installed, both of which are used on the Singapore route, with either 30 seats or 43 seats in Business Class on the ‘Hi-J’ aircraft with a small three-row mini-cabin in the second section.

New Business Class Configurations

Aircraft Old
Business
New ‘AirLounge’
Business
A350-900
‘Lo-J’
32 seats 30 seats
A350-900
‘Hi-J’
46 seats 43 seats

You can also count the seats total on the seat map to determine whether your flight has the AirLounge product, but it’s much simpler just to spot the ‘missing’ 1A and 1L, which are present on the older A350s.

There are 30 AirLounge seats in the forward cabin section of Finnair’s refitted A350s, with some aircraft having 13 more in a mini-cabin behind. (Photo: Finnair)

Finnair is the launch customer for the Collins AirLounge product, which doesn’t have a traditional reclining seat like most Business Class cabins, but is a contoured padded shell, designed to allow you to position yourself at a wide variety of different angles.

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You can rest your feet on the ottoman or use extendable infill panels to create a large flat surface. Pillows are provided to offer support in various seating positions.

Bed mode is more conventional in the new Finnair Business Class. (Photo: Finnair)

The fully flat surface also has a mattress, duvet and pillows provided for a flat-bed experience.

Modern features also include wireless charging, Wi-Fi and new 18-inch in-flight entertainment screens.

The new Finnair Business Class side table includes a handy wireless mobile charging point. (Photo: Finnair)

It’s certainly a unique product and we look forward to reading the first reviews and trying it out ourselves to find out how comfortable it is on a long-haul flight like this one.

Here’s our recent summary of the new product.

The schedule

Between now and the end of March 2022 Finnair is maintaining its four times weekly operation to and from Singapore, using A350s with the old Business Class cabin, with all HEL-SIN flights operating under the VTL .

Now – 31st March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
AY131
A350-900
HEL
23:55
SIN

17:15*
AY132
A350-900
SIN
23:45
HEL

06:00*

* Next day

From April 2022 the flight becomes daily, including a full suite of VTL options in the Helsinki – Singapore direction.

1st April – 29th October 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
AY131
A350-900
HEL
23:55
SIN

16:50*
AY132
A350-900
SIN
23:25