Finnair is to discontinue its inflight and pre-order retail service in the coming weeks.

Inflight shopping is currently available on the carrier’s long-haul flights (except Doha), as well as routes to the Canary Islands, Dubai, Egypt, Iceland, Israel, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK, while products can be pre-ordered for all flights longer than two hours in duration (except Doha).

But Finnair has now confirmed that inflight sales of cosmetics, accessories, gifts and other retail products will end on February 28, with pre-orders available until April 18.

During the final weeks of service the carrier is offering up to 40 per cent off selected products.

The pre-ordering of meals, and the purchasing of snacks and beverages inflight are not affected by the move, and Finnair Plus members can continue to buy home delivery products from the Finnair Shop.

Valterri Helve, head of product offering at Finnair, said that onboard and pre-order shopping “has become a less important service among our customers”, adding:

“Already in spring 2020, we announced that we discontinue inflight sales on our flights within EU as part of our goal to reduce the overall weight of the aircraft, and now it is time to take the next step.

“Food and beverage sales on flights will continue, of course, and we will continue to develop our service.”

In 2018 the carrier also stopped offering print newspapers on long-haul flights, replacing them with a digital newspaper service.

Finnair to remove print newspapers from long-haul flights