Last month, I wrote about some thoughts about my recent flight to HEL which included the loss of my bulkhead aisle seat. There will be some overlap from my previous post. The flight from JFK-HEL (New York to Helsinki, Finland) departed from American Airlines Terminal 8.
Introduction to Helsinki, Geneva, Monaco, and Nice
American Airlines LAX Flagship Lounge Review
American Airlines LAX-JFK 767-200 Business Class
American Airlines JFK Flagship Lounge
Finnair JFK-HEL A330-300 Economy Class
Radisson Blu Helsinki Seaside Hotel Review
Hotel Kamp Helsinki Hotel Review Part 1
Hotel Kamp Helsinki Hotel Review Part 2
The Sights and Sounds of Helsinki Finland
The Sights and Sounds of the Design District in Helsinki Finland
The Sights and Sounds of the Baltic Herring Festival in Helsinki
The Various Eats in Helsinki Finland
Helsinki Airport ASPIRE Lounge
Helsinki Airport Finnair Schengen Lounge
Helsinki Airport Almost at Home Lounge
Helsinki Airport Finnair Non-Schengen Lounge
Residence St-James Geneva Hotel Review
F6 Design Geneva Hotel Review
The Sights and Sounds of Lake Geneva in Switzerland
The Sights and Sounds of Geneva Switzerland
The Sights and Sounds of Old City Geneva Switzerland
The Various Eats in Geneva Switzerland
Geneva Airport Dnata Skyview Lounge
Geneva Airport Horizon Swissport Lounge
Geneva Airport SWISS Business Lounge
Le Meridien Beach Plaza Monaco Hotel Review Part 1
Le Meridien Beach Plaza Monaco Hotel Review Part 2
The Sights and Sounds of Monaco
The Sights and Sounds of Monte Carlo Monaco
The Various Eats in Monte Carlo Monaco
Le Meridien Nice Hotel Review Part 1
Le Meridien Nice Hotel Review Part 2
The Sights and Sounds of Nice France
The Various Eats in Nice France
Nice Airport Salon Azur Lounge
Finnair HEL-JFK A330-300 Business Class
Many oneworld flights depart from American Airlines Terminal 8 in the international side which are pretty much gates 1-10. Since there’s only one JFK-HEL flight daily, it departs from the same gate. The gate is recognizable if you see the Helsinki version of the Big Apple. I thought it was awesome to include New York’s Big Apple to blend in with Finland.
Boarding was smooth and I got to board when they called oneworld emeralds (Executive Platinum equivalent). The economy cabin is a 2-4-2 configuration which was a tight squeeze. The legroom was nonexistent. As you can see from the picture below, my legs were already brushed up against the seat back pocket and this is non-reclined.
The flight got worse when the person in front of me reclined leaving me with no choice but to stretch my legs at an awkward angle.
The dinner service did not start until an hour into the flight. Usually, the meals are already blasted with heat on the ground so it makes it ready to serve once in the air. The meal was either a choice between chicken and pasta and I chose the chicken entrée.
The food wasn’t too bad as it came with a salad, entrée, dinner roll, cheese & crackers, and a chocolate cake for dessert. It was definitely a poor man’s three course meal loaded all onto one tray.
About an hour later, the cleanup began. The meal service took two hours and five hours remained.
There was a poor man’s business class bar in the rear galley. You can help yourself to hot tea, water, and juices.
There were also buy on board alcoholic beverage and snack options. I was hungry mid-flight and bought a Cup of Noodles mini size Spicy flavor for 3 euros ~ $4.07 USD. This was the best thing I had eaten on this flight.
The in-air flight time was 7 hours and 11 minutes according to the 3-D moving map when I landed in Helsinki.