Finnair takes off on short-haul transformation

Finnair has announced plans to overhaul its short-haul Embraer fleet, as the airline continues to invest in its customer experience.

The Nordic airline, known for its innovative design ethos, has confirmed that its regional E190 aircraft will begin to receive a new cabin design throughout 2024, including new seats, curtains and other customer comforts.

The new cabin aims to reflect Finnair’s new Nordic design language and the warm, comforting colours introduced and now seen throughout the cabins of its long-haul aircraft and within the airline’s non-Schengen lounges in Helsinki.

The airline is set to begin its short-haul refurbishment in early 2024, with the project continuing into 2025.

Customers will be able to enjoy the airline’s refreshed cabins on select Embraer flights from late 2024, with all 12 aircraft due to be refurbished by 2025.

Ole Orvér, Finnair Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We want to improve travel comfort and provide our customers with a high-quality travel experience across our route network.

“We will bring similar elements and feeling to our Embraer fleet as we have used in our previously redesigned Airbus wide-body aircraft.”

The E190 jet, operated for Finnair by Nordic Regional Airlines, will welcome 100 passengers onboard in its new configuration, once all refurbishment work has taken place.

Currently, Finnair’s Embraer aircraft serve a range of the airline’s most popular domestic and European destinations, including Rovaniemi, Dublin and Edinburgh.

This investment comes hot on the heels of the airline’s €200 million long-haul product renewal