Dancin’ in Finnair Business: JFK to HEL

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This is part of the Trip Report Welcome to the Cold where I went from NYC to:

If you’re just tuning in now be sure to read how I ended up with this unique itinerary by checking out The Original Plan: The $77,000 Trip Heard Round the World, the subsequent Change Up: Riga, Latvia? and the Mongolia angle: IGLOO-GER: The Helsinki-Ulaanbaatar Trip Report.


There aren’t too many bloggers out there who have flown Finnair Business class long-haul. For this reason, I’m going to spend a few more syllables detailing what was a great, professional trip flying from JFK to get to Helsinki. Actually, the trip across the Atlantic was more of a party thanks to the great selection of cocktails and DJ service provided by Nokia MixRadio.

I had never been to Scandinavia before but was thrilled to add it to my itinerary as part of my $77,000 Trip Heard Round the World. In terms of cost, the retail price of the flight, was more than DOH-JFK and SAN-NRT on the Dreamliner. In terms of the service, I’d compare Finnair to Cathay Business. Maybe it doesn’t have all the pizzazz of its Arab counterparts but I liked it just the same.

While Dubai boasts the tallest this and the biggest that, the weather in the Middle East has made it impossible to secure the world’s most coveted free agent, St. Nick who continues to reside in Lapland, Finland. Though Dubai’s name elicits the coolness factor on par with Las Vegas, ‘Helsinki’ is right there with the likes of Pitbull using the city’s name in his lyrics.

Anyhow, this is a flight review not a popularity contest so let’s get back to the dancing.

The plane
The A330 Plane
The eat
The seat
The businessman
The businessman
The empty plane
The empty plane
Menu
Menu
Menu
Menu
OK, so it's not the Emirates shower.
OK, so it’s not the Emirates shower.
Menu
Dinner is served
The Grand Budapest
The Grand Budapest
Awful champagne
Awful champagne
Great appetizer
Great appetizer
Bleh steak
Bleh steak
I came for the music not the food.
I came for the music not the food.
The sunset that doesn't set.
The sunset that doesn’t set.
Some art.
Some art.
More art.
More art.
Party all the time.
Party all the time. Nokia radio puts XM/Sirius to shame.
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More drinks
Attempting to sober up.
Attempting to sober up.
It's me
It’s me
Another drink before we make our approach.
Another drink before we make our approach.
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Finland!
The cozy airport.
The cozy airport.
No night sky in the summer.
No night sky in the summer. Laplication lol
And I'm out.
And I’m out.

<==Back to the Admirals Club JFKOnto the Hotel Kämp Helsinki==>

2 COMMENTS

  1. Did I miss something? I thought this was to be a review of the Finnair flight. “The seat”… “Bleh steak”? Kinda short on details 🙂

    • Nah, that’s just the way I do my Flight Reviews. Pictures speak for themselves in my opinion.

      “The steak was succulent. I savored each morsel as if it was my last meal on death row.”

      Not my style. It’s a steak, it’s a chair.

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