June 19, 2024

Finnair Business meals take off in shops

Finnair’s Nordic inflight Business menu can now be bought in Finland and enjoyed without the need to take a flight.

The Finnish flag carrier has started selling ready-made Business class-inspired meals so customers can enjoy a ‘Taste of Finnair’ in their own homes.

The ready-made meals are currently available in just one Finnish store – the K-Citymarket Tammisto, located near Helsinki Airport, in the city of Vantaa. If the pilot is successful, Finnair may increase production and start selling the meals in other stores, too.

Costing from €5.90 for a starter and €12.90 for a main dish, the specially-developed concept meals have been designed by Finnair’s chefs and hand-made in the airline’s dedicated Finnair Kitchen.

As well as offering those missing flying the ability to enjoy a taste of the inflight dining experience on the ground, the initiative has also helped secure the jobs of catering staff who were called back from furlough.

Helsinki customers can now choose from the airline’s fusion of Finnish and Asian signature dishes, such as Finnish reindeer and beef in teriyaki-radish sauce.

Marika Nieminen, Finnair kitchen VP, said: “We want to offer the opportunity for a Finnair experience and everyday luxury at home, now that travel has been restricted in many ways.

“At the same time, this is a new business opening for us and employs our chefs in Vantaa. As so many of Finnair Kitchen’s employees are temporarily laid off, the project enables us to create new work and employment for our people.”