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Finnair rolling out new AirLounge Business Class to more Asian cities

Finnair's new AirLounge Business Class will feature on Bangkok, Doha, Delhi, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo flights this summer, meaning more Asia-Europe redemptions starting at just 61,000 miles.

It probably hasn’t escaped your attention over the last year or so that Finnair has a brand new Business Class product on its wide-body Airbus A330 and A350 aircraft, which has been making headlines for its unique non-reclining padded ‘seat shell’ design.

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Singapore was the carrier’s launch long-haul route for the new seats, which debuted on ‘Vaccinated Travel Lane’ flights (remember those?) four times a week last year, and have since become daily restriction-free services, thanks to border easing.

Bangkok and Phuket were both added to the roster of AirLounge routes during the current winter season, and now with more aircraft refitted there’s further news of additional routes for summer 2023.

Finnair’s AirLounge Business Class seat. (Photo: Finnair)

More Asian cities get the AirLounge seats

The oneworld airline has now confirmed that following a roll-out to Singapore and Bangkok last year, all flights to and from Delhi, Doha, Hong Kong and Tokyo (Haneda) will be picking up the new seats during the summer 2023 season, from 26th March 2023.

(Source: Finnair Facebook)

That will open up more low-tax redemption opportunities to and from Europe in this well-rated cabin, from just 61,000 Asia Miles + S$40 one-way, since these routes fall within a lower award band for Asia Miles partner redemptions compared to Singapore.

That makes them a useful option if you can’t find award space on the Singapore route, not to mention a 9,000 miles saving each way from Bangkok, Delhi, Hong Kong and Tokyo, due to the shorter zone combination.

From Doha to Helsinki, the award rate is highly competitive at 30,000 Asia Miles + S$70, for a 7-hour flight in the new Business Class product.

Doha to Helsinki is 30,000 Asia Miles + S$70 in Business Class

You can even score 18 hours in this new seat (if you really want to put it to the test!) between Delhi and New York via Helsinki for 75,000 Asia Miles + S$109.

Award space on the Singapore – Helsinki route is almost non-existent these days, but thankfully that’s not the case at the time of writing to and from Bangkok, Delhi, Doha, Hong Kong and Tokyo Haneda.

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Hong Kong has now reopened to travellers with minimal restrictions and no testing, especially if you’re simply making a connection there, so this could be a good way to redeem the AirLounge from Singapore to Europe this summer with a DIY transit or stopover in the city.

14 hours in AirLounge Business Class with Finnair from Hong Kong to Helsinki for 61,000 Asia Miles + S$60

Finnair’s Phuket flights flights are currently also receiving the AirLounge Business Class seats, however this is a seasonal (winter) route for the airline, and will not be operating between April and October 2023.

The schedule

Here’s how Finnair’s AirLounge Business Class flight schedule to and from the Middle East and Asia looks for the summer 2023 season.

Bangkok
26th March – 28th October 2023

  Days
M T W T F S S
AY142
A350-900
AirLounge
BKK
07:15
HEL

15:35
AY141
A350-900
AirLounge
HEL
13:45
BKK

05:25*

* Next day

Delhi
26th March – 28th October 2023

  Days
M T W T F S S
AY122
A330-300
AirLounge
DEL
07:40
HEL

14:35
AY121
A330-300
AirLounge
HEL
18:10
DEL

05:20*

* Next day

Doha
26th March – 28th October 2023

  Days
M T W T F S S
AY1982
A330-300
AirLounge
DOH
08:10
HEL

15:15
AY1981
A330-300
AirLounge
HEL
17:10
DOH

23:55

Hong Kong
26th March – 28th October 2023

  Days
M T W T F S S
AY100
A350-900
AirLounge
HKG
20:45
HEL

05:55*
AY99
A350-900
AirLounge
HEL
00:45
HKG

17:55

* Next day

Singapore
26th March – 28th October 2023

  Days
M T