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Long Way Home – AY10 Chicago O’Hare to Helsinki Vantaa (Economy Pro)

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Finnair AY10 Chicago O’Hare to Helsinki Vantaa (Financial system Professional) – Long Way Home

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On this journey:

AY10 Chicago O’Hare Worldwide Terminal 5 to Helsinki Vantaa Terminal 2
Finnair, Operated by Air Italy
Airbus A330-200, Seat 10A, Financial system Professional.
70 Tier Factors Earned, 4436 Avios earned.

Down the jetway….

I used to be welcomed aboard the aircraft and headed into the cabin.

The cabin is cut up into two courses – with Enterprise Class is a 2-2-2 affair, while the primary financial system cabin is retained as a 2-four-2 cabin. This has upsides, as an 18” seat width is preserved in financial system class.

Enterprise Class seating

Air Italy, Qatar, or Finnair?

Which after coping with a Dreamliner on the earlier flight – is a welcome factor to have.

Finnair facilities at seat – pillow, blanket and headphones

Finnair Headrest. Qatar/Air Italy cabin

As for the cabin, it is extremely a lot Air Italy’s cabin… properly, scrap that – it’s Qatar Airways cabin. Slightly background. Air Italy is within the strategy of getting its new fleet in the mean time (and can use Boeing 787 and Boeing 737 MAX plane as its spine). This aircraft – EI-GGO in a earlier life was operated by Qatar Airways as A7-ACC, as a part of the plan to convert Meridena to Air Italy.

The seats put in are the identical ones that got here out of the Qatar Airways flights, with them within the maroon that the airline loves. Headrest covers have been the Finnair ones, together with the at seat furnishings (the pillow and the Marimekko blanket)

As such, it doesn’t take an eagle eye to spot Arabic script within the cabin or the Oryx on seatbelt buckle.

Identify the airline in a single.

Not probably the most complete re-match earlier than it was despatched to Italy.

No less than the legroom was affordable – if impended by an previous IFE field.

Not dangerous legroom

Though – no air vents. This wants to be resolved. Stat.

As for the security card and IFE system – that’s Air Italy branded.

We’ll get onto the IFE system in a bit.

In case you’re completely confused at this level… be a part of the membership. Sub-leases upon sub-leases right here, which is usually a bit complicated the passenger expertise.

Fortunately, Finnair didn’t abandon the Air Italy crew – with two Finnair cabin crew main the onboard service, with the Air Italy crew supporting.

With the aircraft absolutely loaded (and sure – the seat subsequent to me taken), the crew started the security demonstration. And it was a guide security demonstration.

With the formalities full, the Airbus A330-200 that was working AY10 begun the brief taxi out of O’Hare Terminal 5 and in the direction of one of many airports many runways.

Aer Lingus A330 subsequent door

United Airways A319 taxing out.

A busy ecening on the worldwide terminal

Lufthansa A330

I swear this airport has extra runways than gates some days. The taxi to the runway wasn’t an extended one, and shortly sufficient AY10 lined up and powered up for take off. It was additionally the right probability to work out how to use video on the EOS R.

Which I did in simply in time.

With ease, the Common Electrical CF-6’s of AY10 powered into life to take us into the air

The aircraft climbed out of O’Hare with ease and headed away from the airport to start the eight hours run to Helsinki.

After a brief wait, the cabin was introduced from darkness into mild – and I had a go searching me. Sadly, this aircraft didn’t have air vents… and it was getting heat, to say the least.

Cabin submit takeoff.

Fortunately I used to be ready this time – and had introduced a USB fan from the Boeing retailer. Sure. It may need been buzzy sounding, nevertheless it moved air round and was cooling.

Greatest. $10. Spent. Ever.

I’ll take that as a win any day of the week

Consuming the USB plug from the seat wasn’t a nasty transfer for an evening flight. In the meantime, that takes us to the In-Flight Leisure System. This technique is a Panasonic eX2 system – and while it’s an inexpensive system, it is rather a lot normal definition display.

The IFE system.

USB Port and Panasonic eXconnect port. Palms up who ever used one?

LiveTV… not working.

Movie choice

Watching this on a loop received boring. Good factor it was an previous collection.


IFE Controller.

And a reasonably bigger IFE Field.

I’ve stated up to now while a system could be technically nice – if it has no content material on it, it’s fairly ineffective. This technique.. Didn’t have loads of content material on it. Stay TV was offline for all the flight, no map and restricted quantity of content material on the system.

I don’t know what number of occasions I watched three episodes from Season 6 from The large bang principle… however it was the most effective of a relatively uncurated assortment.

And never that current.

Oh sure. The system additionally makes use of annoying double prong earphone units.

Twin pin headphones.

A scorching towel service was made by means of the cabin – a considerate contact. With that finished, I made a decision to entertain myself with the subsequent factor marketed on the flight – In-Struggle WiFi.

Once more, this can be a Panasonic entrance-dealing with system, however for the primary time utilizing a Panasonic system – I observed utilization can be measured per megabyte as opposed to having flight passes


What’s WiFi…?

Pricing was cut up into numerous tiers;

  • Messaging – €Three- 15mb (Whatsapp, Fb Messenger or iMessage – no photographs although).
  • E mail – €9 for 60mb
  • Browsing – €15 for 120mb
  • Complete – €21 for 180mb.

Hmm. Okay. Who right here who isn’t a technical nerd is aware of what a megabyte seems like? While airways may give estimations and such, smartphones are very chewy when downloading knowledge (my greatest was chewing by way of 10mb of L-Band knowledge in underneath 10 minutes… and L-Band web entry is notoriously sluggish).

Somewhat than waste my cash once I must be resting, I disconnected from the Air Italy portal (not that there was something on it).

This was relatively good timing, because the meal service got here with a selection of hen or pasta. I went for the hen… and it appears this was one of many blander meals that got here out of the O’Hare Kitchen.

The tray – coated..


Salad – not that dangerous.

Cola. Fizzy

This might have accomplished with a bit extra sauce, however in any other case… a bit bland.

There was an inexpensive high quality, with a recent salad. The primary meal was somewhat bland – not the worst I’ve had out of O’Hare – however might have accomplished with just a little extra flavour.

The pre-packaged cake sq. was a bit of uninspiring, however higher than nothing.

Drinks have been flowing freely, with the crew giving out each sparking and non-sparking wine, a nicely as diddy cans of cola.

Glowing wine

The crew did a job within the cabin, with the Finnair crew stepping in to aiding with particular meals and serving to passengers out – the one subsequent to me who was given a glass of bubbles from the crew as she was a precedence passenger.

It appears the little touches of service high quality that I famous in Finnair enterprise are right here on a codeshare flight. That is wonderful to see.

With the cabin cleared down, there was just one factor left to do when the lights went off.

As a result of I would like this fairy mild factor to finish. FOREVER.

Nevertheless, it’s taken a lifetime of its personal. What chaos do we’ve now?

With that completed and dusted, I tried to sleep. And while it was disturbed (due to a mix of the warmth and me struggling to discover a respectable place fall asleep in), I acquired an excellent 5 hours or so within the air.

Which for transatlantic flying is just about a miracle.

With the lights happening within the cabin, the trolleys rolled out once more – this time for a breakfast service.

Now, I’ve lamented on the state of the transatlantic breakfast for… since endlessly. I’ve seen boxed breakfasts, breakfast decreased to the state of a muffin prime, sugar loaded packing containers and just about every thing in between.

So I’m not anticipating quite a bit, to put it bluntly. Think about my shock when a scorching breakfast appeared


The recent omelet, potatoes and tomato.

Melon. Greater than a bit of agency.

And don’t overlook the Marimekko cups. Regardless that they’re paper ones!

I’m truly nonetheless in shock over this. A scorching breakfast that’s the second service at 35,000ft on a transatlantic service has been the protect of enterprise class flights principally. The cheese omelette was fairly commonplace fare however was heat. The accompanying fruit was recent too. This was served with drinks and a roll too.

Perhaps the Transatlantic Joint Enterprise Enterprise Settlement individuals may need to look into this as a factor

With the service cleared down, the crew started to clear the cabin too as we have been closing on Helsinki Vantaa.

Starting respectable.

Cabin throughout respectable.

Searching of the window, it was cloudy under, with visibility affected as we determined in the direction of Helsinki.

That’s bubbly…

Into the cloud layer

None the much less the crew of the A330 rode it out as we descended into the cloud layer – with the bottom slowly turning into seen.

The aircraft accomplished its lining up, and AY10 descended into its short-term house of Helsinki Vantaa

With the aircraft pulling off the runway, it taxied across the airport till it arrived at Gate 54, subsequent to a Finnair A330.

On the bottom.

Vantaa within the distance.

T2 lineup

Taxing in the direction of the gate

AY10 Turning for the gate

Finnair A330-300 ready subsequent door.

With AY10 at a standstill and the engines powered down, the passengers have been launched.

With us launched, I obtained up and grabbed my stuff and ready to head off the aircraft. There was a brief wait, and we have been ultimately allowed to depart the aircraft After thanking the crew I exited the aircraft, and into the Nordic marvel that’s Helsinki Vantaa Airport.

General: An fascinating expertise on-board AY10 to say the least While utilizing leased plane isn’t unusual to assist get an airline out of a spot utilizing a sublease of a lease was fascinating, however might trigger confusion to the typical flyer (Was I flying Finnair, Air Italy or Qatar Airways?). It was good to see the on-board presence of Finnair crew to assist out, and help with the service the place wanted. Catering was combined, with a slightly bland primary meal, however a scorching meal for breakfast.

While Finnair solely function the Chicago route on a seasonable foundation, it might be one I might have curiosity in making an attempt once more – with a full power Finnair crew and product.

Subsequent: 2 hours 20 in Helsinki Vantaa.

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