Leave your inhibitions, and your clothes in your suitcase. Launching July 1st, Finnair will be offering its top tier fliers a lounge that is more health spa than business centre. Available to both the regular lounge guests and the new Top Tier lounge guests, passengers will now enjoy access to completely new private shower suites, as well as a Finnish sauna. To complete the holistic vision, expect fluffy towels, forest berry-based shampoos and shower toiletries from Finland.
Finnair’s new Premium Lounge is 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 just Platinum and Gold Finnair Plus members and other oneworld top-tier customers.
We like the design used here, its typically Finnair, but with an added level of luxury and technology. The lounge showcases a 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. The overall finish is more sophisticated bar than lounge.
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.
“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.”
Now we really have and excellent reason to keep flying Finnair and topping up our miles. So we can live in this new lounge. And look younger with every passing day. Or at least, have excellent skin.