Economy passengers can now reserve exit row seats in advance for a charge of €60 (each way) on Finnair-operated intercontinental flights.
The new service is available on flights to and from Bangkok, Beijing, Delhi, Hong Kong, Nagoya, New York, Osaka, Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo. Passengers can reserve seats by accessing their booking at finnair.com/managemybooking.
Exit row seats are available for purchase for passengers over 12 years old, who can speak either English or Finnish, are able-bodied, not pregnant and not travelling with an infant.
Note that the charge does not affect Finnair Plus Platinum members, who can still reserve exit row seats for free at the time of flight reservation.
Finnair is not the first carrier introduce a charge for selected seats on its aircraft. Virgin Atlantic charges £30 for extra legroom seats (up to three inches of additional legroom) and £50 for exit row seats, while Singapore Airlines and Qantas have introduced similar options.
British Airways also charges World Traveller and World Traveller Plus passengers £50 for the privilege of reserving exit-row seats, along side its advance seat selection policy introduced last year (see online news September 24, 2009).
For more information visit finnair.com.
Report by Mark Caswell