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October
2023

Finnair raises a glass to its centenary with celebratory food and wine menu

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Dedicated Finnair 100 inflight menu is inspired by Nordic classics from Finnair’s culinary history with modernised recipes.

New red and white centenary wines curated with international expert and wine consultant Ken Chase.

In celebration of 100 years of flying, Finnair has launched a special centenary food menu and a collection of new special celebratory wines.

The Finnair 100 menu is now available on long-haul Business Class flights departing from Helsinki until 23 January 2024.

Customers can pre-select their main course in Manage Booking before their flight and select from a variety of dishes, including the specially created Finnair100 dish of Reindeer meatballs, mashed potatoes with mustard and port wine sauce.

While the Finnair 100 menu mainly focuses enhancements dished up for long-haul Business Class, while customers in other travel classes on flights departing Helsinki can also enjoy Finnair 100 inspired dishes.

Representing different time periods and decades in Finnair’s culinary history, the menus combine traditional dishes with today’s more contemporary recipes.

The Business Class menu includes starters originating from the 1980s and 1990s and main courses from the 1960s and 1970s while the centenary menu desserts, such as Blueberry Pie and Sea Buckthorn Mousse, are timeless classics which showcase the diversity and freshness of Finnish food culture, featuring numerous types of berries as a common ingredient.

Finnair 100 appetisers include Roasted Beetroot with Beetroot Purée, Beetroot Mousse and Goat Cheese Cream or Wasabi Salmon Roll with Apricot Miso and Seaweed Caviar.

Main courses include Reindeer Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes with mustard, and Port Wine Sauce and Beef Chuck Roll with Potato Gratin, Chorizo Ragù and Blackcurrant Sauce

Complementing the Finnair 100 menu are new red and white wines which have been curated with international expert and wine consultant Ken Chase, which offer an enticing and captivating aroma, alongside traditionally rich flavours.

Finnair’s new Castilla la Mancha White 2022, named ‘Destination North’, features a blend of Airén (85%) and Verdejo (15%) grapes.

Finnair’s Castilla la Mancha Red 2022, named ‘100,000 islands’ is a warm and delicious red wine that contains a blend of three grapes, Tempranillo (85%), Syrah (10%) and a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon (5%), resulting in a smooth and harmonious blend.

In a nod to its heritage, the labels for the new bottles are based on Finnair’s original posters, designed by Erik Bruun in the 1950s and 1960s.

Juha Stenholm, Head of Product Development at Finnair Kitchen, said: “Finnair is proud to unveil our reinvented classics to mark our centennial milestone. Our reimagined dishes combine traditional favourites and iconic recipes with a modern twist as our chefs deliver contemporary cuisine for our customers.

“They can indulge in familiar flavours elevated to new heights, and celebrate our rich heritage by joining us on this culinary journey – where the past meets the present, creating a remarkable dining experience that honours Finnair’s 100 years of excellence.”

Lauri Ahonen, Finnair Concept & Category Manager, said: “Finding the perfect wine for a Finnair flight for our customers to enjoy at 30,000ft is always a challenge, but even more so during our centenary.

“That’s why we have made the perfect pairing with Ken Chase, who has carefully selected some top flight wines to tantalise the taste buds and we are excited to serve them onboard to ensure a unique experience for Finnair customers.”

Ken Chase, International Wine Consultant, said: “When selecting the wines for this crucial undertaking, we sought after three key elements in the wines prior to the final blend.

“The first element was seduction, which required the wine to have an enticing aroma that immediately captivates our customers, with a fresh and varietally typical scent being essential. The second element was structure, necessitating a wine with a rich mid-palate that enables flavours to linger throughout the palate, leaving a gratifying aftertaste.

“The third element was overall balance, which we refer to as the yummy factor. It’s an all-encompassing sensation that leaves one feeling satisfied after indulging in a glass of wine. Each wine must possess all three of these elements before being considered for the final blend.”

The Castilla la Mancha White label is based on Brunn’s famous ‘Lohilentokone’ poster titled “Destination North Finland”, used by Finnair in 1959. The unique fish-shaped aircraft was inspired by Brunn’s travels, during which he met enthusiastic fishermen carrying their equipment onboard the Nordic carrier.

Meanwhile, the label for the red wine is based on Finnair’s advertising from the 1960s, during which time Brunn took inspiration from the Finnish archipelago where he lived on the Suomenlinna island of the Helsinki coastal area.

For more about Finnair’s onboard menu and centenary celebrations, http://www.visit finnair.com.

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