Finnair is set to open a new Premium Lounge directly adjacent to the award-winning Finnair Lounge near Gate 36 in the non-Schengen area of Helsinki Airport. The Premium Lounge, designed by the Helsinki firm dSign Vertti Kivi & Co, complements the original Finnair Lounge and will be ready for Platinum and Gold Finnair Plus members and other oneworld top-tier customers by 1 July.
The Premium Lounge is a showcase for classic Nordic design in harmony with Finnish nature, with dynamic changes in light, colours and video projections in tune with the seasons and time of day, all combining to create a unique atmosphere of calm.
“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. “We will be delighted to welcome our most loyal and regular customers into this special space before their flight.”
“Our aim was to create a high-quality, even emotional experience for Finnair’s demanding clients,” says designer Vertti Kivi. “Different zones for work, refreshment, quiet time or bathing are unified with a light Scandinavian design touch, creating a space that clients won’t forget.”
High-quality complimentary meals and drinks, including wines and spirits, are plated on Marimekko tableware or served in Iittala Ultima Thule glasses – first designed for Finnair in 1968 by Tapio Wirkkala. Carefully selected furniture in the lounge includes legendary Tulip and Womb chairs created by Eero Saarinen. The 407-square meter space features different areas for working and relaxation and comfortably seats up to 122 guests.
As part of the overall upgrade in lounge services in Helsinki, customers of both the Premium Lounge and the adjoining original Lounge will also enjoy access to completely new private shower suites, as well as a Finnish sauna. Towels and forest berry-based shampoos, shower gels and lotions from Finland are provided.
The Premium Lounge is open to Finnair Plus Gold and Platinum members and their guests only, as well as to frequent flyer cardholders with equivalent status at a fellow oneworld airline, including Finnair’s joint business partners American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Japan Airlines.
Other Business Class passengers are welcome to the original Lounge, which directly adjoins it and features regularly on the list of some of the world’s top airline lounges.