Finnair brings Nordic flavours to business and economy class passengers in cooperation with top chefs

Food is one of the items that frequently comes up in airline customer satisfaction surveys, especially on long-haul flights, where food has a strong impact on the overall customer experience. Finnair is investing into its food offering, as a part its drive to offer customers a unique Nordic experience.  

Finnair introduces its first Swedish signature chef 

Finnair has been delighting its business class customers with signature menus designed by top Finnish chefs since 2013, and is now introducing its first ever Nordic cooperation with Swedish top chef Tommy Myllymäki. Tommy Myllymäki has been nominated chef of the year in Sweden, is the creative director for five Stockholm restaurants and has represented Sweden with great success in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or competition.  

Tommy Myllymäki will design Signature menus for Finnair’s business class, and his winter menu will be served on all Finnair long-haul flights departing from Helsinki as of February 7.  

“It was exciting to translate my food philosophy into the airline environment. In the end, the restrictions are also opportunities,” says Tommy Myllymäki. “Seasonality is key for me, and I want to bring more vegetables, freshness and different textures to the meals on board.”  

Tommy Myllymäki’s winter menu for Finnair features Nordic flavours like Jerusalem artichoke with cep mushrooms and pear, and braised ox with celeriac and kale. The summer menu will have more emphasis on seasonal, crisp fresh vegetables to celebrate the freshness of the Nordic summer.  

Economy class menu designed by the Culinary Team of Finland 

Finnair has also teamed up with the Culinary Team of Finland, who represent Finland in international culinary competitions. The team designed a menu for the economy class of Finnair’s long-haul flights departing from Helsinki.  

“We want to showcase the best of Finnish cuisine to the world, and created a menu that celebrates Finnish traditions and specialties, so that everyone traveling between Europe and Asia with Finnair get a taste of modern Finnish cuisine,” says Eero Vottonen, member of the Culinary Team of Finland and a Finnair signature menu chef in 2017.  

The culinary team’s winter menu will be offered for economy class passengers on long-haul flights departing from Helsinki as of February 7, 2018. The meals will feature a marinated potato salad, lamb with oven baked turnips, and a cheese curd cake. The winter menu will be followed by seasonal menus for summer and autumn. 

“Our new chef cooperations bring the best of Nordic flavours to our customers,” says Maarit Keränen, who oversees Finnair’s on-board food concepts. “Food plays a key role in the customer experience, and we are delighted to offer a little piece of the Nordics to the thousands of customers, who fly with us everyday from Helsinki to Asia and the Americas.” 

A Finnish tradition of coffee service with seven treats 

Finnair is also introducing a classic Finnish tradition in the business class of its long-haul flights departing Asia in the morning - a coffee serving with seven different treats. This exclusive coffee service allows customers to spend some quality time enjoying traditional Finnish treats like Carelian pies, cinnamon buns, coffee cake and traditional Finnish chocolates between the two meal services.  

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Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than ten million passengers annually. In 2017, Finnair's extensive network connects 19 cities in Asia and 7 cities in North America with over 100 destinations in Europe. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, was the first European airline to fly the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and it is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. The only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past seven years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld, the alliance of the world's leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.

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Finnair is specialised in flying between Europe and Asia via Helsinki. Finnair's strategy is based on the growing markets in Asia, the fastest connections between Europe and Asia, high-quality service, and cost-efficient, punctual operations. Founded in 1923, Finnair is one of the world's oldest continuously operating airlines. It is a member of oneworld, the leading airline alliance for quality-conscious business travelers.