Finnair to open new Premium Lounge (with sauna) at Helsinki

By David Flynn, May 9 2014
Finnair to open new Premium Lounge (with sauna) at Helsinki

Finnair will open its new Premium Lounge at Helsinki Airport on July 1, adding a spa and sauna to the usual preflight pampering options.

Located next to the standard Finnair Lounge near Gate 36 in the non-Schengen area of Helsinki Airport, the Premium Lounge has a 407 square metre footprint with different areas for working and relaxation, comfortably seating up to 122 guests.

The new Finnish sauna and private shower suites will be available to guests in both lounges.

However, the airline says that only  top-tier frequent flyers such as Finnair Plus and Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold and Platinum, along with equivalent Oneworld status tiers, will be welcomed into the Premium Lounge.

Business class travellers without such status will have to make do at the regular Finnair Lounge next door.

The new Premium Lounge lounge is "a showcase for classic Nordic design in harmony with Finnish nature," the airline boasts.

“Our aim was to create a high-quality, even emotional experience for Finnair’s demanding clients,” says Premium Lounge designer Vertti Kivi.

“Different zones for work, refreshment, silence or bathing are unified with a light Scandinavian design touch, creating a space that clients won’t forget.”

High-quality meals and drinks, including wines and spirits, are plated on Marimekko tableware or served in Iittala Ultima Thule glasses.

Carefully selected furniture in the lounge includes legendary Tulip and Womb chairs created by Eero Saarinen.

“This new and exclusive lounge takes Finnair’s long association with Finnish design to a new level,” says Markku Remes, Finnair’s Manager of Lounge and VIP Services.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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25 Sep 2013

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The CGI on that sauna pic is hilarious.

I wonder what proportion of Business Class passengers on AY are not OW Sapphire or Emerald?

18 Jul 2013

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I was thinking the same TRB, although with the changed QFF SC earnings, there may be less Aussies flying on AY with status in the future.  I'm flying AY in Aug/Sep and am looking forward to seeing the new lounge.  I fortunately booked the AY flights before the changes to QFF SC tables were announced so will get the original earn, but  I will have to rethink my strategy and alliances if I'm to maintain Platinum in future years.

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