Finnair to charge for economy class alcoholic drinks

Hotel News - 01/12/2009

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From 12 January next year, Finnair will charge a fee for alcoholic drinks offered in economy class on all its European flights. Meanwhile, all drinks are still free of charge in Finnair’s business class.

The Finnish airline will start charging €5 on red and white wines, and €4 on beers for economy class flights within Europe. The cost of sparkling wine and stronger alcoholic drinks are now increased to €5 each. Meanwhile for intercontinental flights, wine and beer are free of charge, but stronger alcoholic drinks and sparkling wine will have an additional fee.

Alcoholic drinks are available and on sale for all European flights departing at 10:00 onwards, except flights to and from Riga, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn and Vilnius.

Starting on the same date, passengers will also be able to order jewellery, cosmetics, sweets and other presents from Finnair’s vast pre-order selection on several flights to and from Helsinki. In the past, pre-orders were only available for flights towards Helsinki; but now, the new service is being offered from 11 pre-order destinations, such as Berlin, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Kiev and Oslo.

A minimum purchase of €30 is needed for the pre-order service. Pre-orders are easily placed through Finnair’s website, with 10 per cent discount being offered to all passengers who buy online. Meanwhile, travellers who are members of Finnair Plus will get points for their purchases.

Finnair is Finland’s largest airline and flag carrier, with its main hub at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. The airline dominates both domestic and international air markets in Finland, with 8.8 million passengers transported on a network of 15 domestic and 55 international destinations.

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