Finnair’s first quarter loss doubles from last year

Finnair Group (Finnair) (Helsinki) reported a first quarter loss of €34.2 million ($47.3 million). The loss doubled from a loss of €17.5 million ($24.2 million) in the same quarter in 2013. The decline was attributed to a falloff in leisure travel and a new weakness in business travel.

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In other news, 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 July 1, 2014.

Finnair HEL Lounge

The Premium Lounge showcases classic Nordic design in harmony with Finnish nature, with dynamic changes in light, colors and video projections synchronized with the seasons and time of day to create a calm atmosphere for travelers. 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. The lounge features carefully selected furniture including legendary Tulip and Womb chairs created by Eero Saarinen. The 4380 foot space can comfortably seat up to 122 guests providing them with separate areas for work and relaxation.

As part of the overall upgrade in lounge services, the customers of both the Premium Lounge and the original Lounge will also enjoy access to completely new private shower suites and Finnish sauna. Towels and forest berry-based shampoos, shower gels and lotions from Finland will be provided.

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

The Premium Lounge is open to Finnair Plus Gold and Platinum members and their guests, 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 is directly adjoining the Premium lounge and is regularly featured in lists of the world’s top airline lounges.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. Newly-delivered Airbus A321-231 OH-LZL (msn 6083) with Sharklets lands in the leisure market of Palma de Mallorca.

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