One of the more recent additions to the OneWorld lounge network is the Finnair Platinum Wing at Helsinki. Open exclusively for OneWorld Emerald members, this is one of the better lounges on the network. Even the old Finnair lounge in this location was reasonably strong, so the airline had to work hard to out-do themselves.
- Finnair Airbus A350, London Heathrow – Helsinki, Economy Plus
- Hilton, Helsinki Airport
- NoRRA ATR72, Helsinki – Vilnius, Economy
- Courtyard by Marriott, Vilnius
- Vilnius: In Pictures
- NoRRA ATR72, Vilnius – Helsinki, Economy
- Finnair Platinum Wing, Helsinki
- Finnair Airbus A330, Helsinki – London Heathrow, Economy Plus
Situated in the Non-Schengen area of the terminal, access to this lounge involves clearing passport control. Although entry to this lounge itself is available to anyone who holds a OneWorld Emerald card. I put this to the test on my previous visit, when I was flying to Geneva. Whether the lounge staff could see that I had arrived on an international flight though, I couldn’t say.
The Finnair lounge complex itself is located near to gate 50. The business class and OneWorld Sapphire Lounge is situated to the right hand side of the entrance. The Platinum Wing is to the left.
OneWorld Emerald card
Upon entering the Platinum Wing, you’re first greeted with a very well stocked bar.
Placed around the bar were menus of what was offered. This included a selection of cocktails.
To the left of this, is the shower area. As I didn’t pay a visit on this occasion, these are pictures from my previous visit. Also in this area is a sauna, although this is an area I’m yet to visit.
Beyond the shower area is a small, mostly hidden lounge area.
Moving on through to the main area, along the wall on the right hand side are a number of private seats, complete with power.
As you hit the rear of the lounge, you’ll get to the dining area, which takes up a fair area of this lounge.
Unlike the previous incarnation, the Platinum Wing offers a decent a la carte menu. Although it’s only served between 12-5. Outside of these times, a buffet is available.
Next to this, is another lounge area, which is curtained off. Despite being behind curtains, there were a few people in there. I also managed to walk in without too much hinderance. So I can only assume that the curtains are there to provide some sort of noise cancelling and separation from the dining area as opposed to actually keeping people out.
Also provided in the lounge is a decent selection of reading materials.
Nearby the bar area is another bank of more communal seating.
As mentioned at the beginning, the previous Finnair premium lounge was pretty good. The new Finnair Platinum Wing has taken it up another level. Due to the very restricted entrance regulations, this lounge rarely gets busy at all.
The Platinum Wing offers seating for 155 guests. The area of this new lounge seems to much bigger than the previous offering. Along with access being much more restricted, even when the lounge is at its busiest, it still feels mostly empty.
One area that I did find a little odd was that this lounge complex didn’t appear to offer its own WiFi. Instead, it relied on the airports WiFi. This wasn’t a particular issue though, as the airports WiFi worked well enough.