Flight crew and food were good as was in-flight entertainment. Seats were not very comfortable for an 8 hour flight.
Food choice Complimentary coffee and tea
This flight was a bit of a let down compared to our departing flight. The food was pretty bad, I couldn't even cut the meat. But the thing that made this less enjoyable was the terrible check-in process. We waited over 70 minutes to check in for Business class. Numerous people almost missed their flight, which made the line even longer. I've never waiting in a standard line that long to check-in, so to experience it for Business class was disappointing at best. Also, the flight attendants weren't as friendly as the ones on our flight to London. One of them with dark hair was great, but the other 2 were grumpy and seemed irritable most of the flight. The experience was quite different from our flight from SEA to LHR, so it was a bummer to end the trip on a mediocre note--especially with the cost of these tickets.
Kayak was terrible, I was told that I got 1 free checked bag, but when I got to the check-in counter I was told otherwise and had to pay for my checked bag!!!!
Negativ: "A better breakfast..."
Negativ: "Customer service"
Positiv: "Freundlicher, korrekter Service. Gute Information zum Stand der Reparatur und zu den Anschlussflügen in Helsinki. Effizientes Boarding. Beim Aussteigen, wurde uns noch mitgeteilt, dass unser Anschlussflug doch wartet."
Negativ: "Defekt am Fahrwerk musste untersucht und anschliessend repariert werden. Dies führte zu etwas mehr als einer Stunde Abgangsverspätung. Anschlussflug in Helsinki wurde zuerst als verpasst angezeigt."
Positiv: "At least the crew was friendly"
Negativ: "The flight was delayed for 1 hour and we were sitting inside the airbus with no air condition due to technical difficulties on 35 degrees sweating like pigs. No water or snack was offered even though the delay was so big."
Positiv: "The crew were professional and courteous"
Negativ: "Nothing, as it’s a short flight!"
Positiv: "Pünktlich, Freundlich, organisiert."
Negativ: "Kopfhörerbuchse leider defekt"
Positiv: "Pünktlich, kurzer Transit in HEL"
Positiv: "Pünktlich, kurzer Transit in HEL"
Positiv: "I got there"
Negativ: "Endless waiting and lost luggage. Excuse was unpredicted weather conditions. It was snowing in Finland so they had to clear the Ice from the planes.. Snowing in Finland? How uncommon is that during December? I actually think most of this is poor ground handling In Helsinki."
Positiv: "am Gate von Eco comfort auf Business upgegradet worden, was kann man da noch bekritteln ..."
Negativ: "Stewardess hat wohl das Gate-Upgrade mitbekommen, auf Hauptgang "vergessen", zwei Gin Tonics geordert, der zweitere bestand nur mehr aus Gin - im Unterschied zur äußerst charmanten, bemühten und zuvorkommenden Stewardess bei meinem Reisepartner im Nebengang"
Positiv: "schnelles Boarding, pünktlicher Start, Blueberry-Juice top"
Negativ: "gibt es auf so ner Kurzstrecke nichts zu meckern, sogar Duty-Free Verkauf - ist man auf der Kurzstrecke gar nicht mehr gewohnt"
Positiv: "clean planes, timely service, nice flight attendants"
Negativ: "no power outlets narrow selection of juices/water on the plane"
Negativ: "Did not like stress of having to check in 24 hours ahead of time just to get a free seat assignment. Why should we have to purchase a seat on a plane we already bought a ticket for?"
Positiv: "On time"
Negativ: "All was well. Long bus ride to the planr"
Positiv: "Everything was on time"
Negativ: "I couldn’t change my seat"
Negativ: "So eingepfercht hab ich noch nie gesessen. Grauenhaft."
Positiv: "Sehr angenehme und bemühte Crew - wirklich super!"
Negativ: "1 Deutscher Film im Angebot"
Negativ: "I hurt my knee. The legroom is too small."
Positiv: "Freundliche FB, aber unerfahren"
Negativ: "2,5 Stunden Verspätung. Crew lässt anytime die Eco Pate in die Business. Nach unseren Jacken durften wir bei Landung suchen. Es gab kein Feuchttuch beim Start. Catering war ungenießbar. Es gab zum Salat Nicoles (ohne Thunfisch und Ei) noch nicht einmal Brot. Meine eigentliche Auswahl war bereits ausverkauft. Nur ein Film auf Deutsch!"
Positiv: "Enge, unbequeme Sitze"
Positiv: "Full Flat Sitze, viel Platz bei Einzelsitzen, freundliches und aufmerksames Personal."
Positiv: "Nice crew that were helpful."
Negativ: "Small plane, cramped seating."
Positiv: "A330 throne seat (2A) is nice and private."
Negativ: "Flight attendant in business class was quite terse and rude."
Positiv: "Flight and crew were nice. Entertainment was ok, but hard to use screen functions. Flight was on time."
Negativ: "Food was terrible."
Positiv: "I like Finnair, the crew, the service."
Negativ: "I was not able to check in online within the 24 hrs prior to the flight as the Iberia system kept flashing and "error"message. Therefore, I was not able to pick a seat, which I would have paid to upgrade if necessary, but instead I was assigned a middle seat as a last option, at the counter, and paid for an exit row which, except for the leg room, was just as uncomfortable!"
Positiv: "Lounge is nice, if busy. Finnair staff offered me a better seat at check in. Seats flatten out and have many features. Tons of convenient items all marimekko - nice pillows, blankets and slippers. Helpful and attentive staff, always check on you but also give you plenty of time to snooze. Nice skin products and omg, clean bathroom. Easy to relax."
Negativ: "The Asian vegetarian meal is rice and chickpeas! Was not too bad but also my breakfast was more chickpeas and grilled zucchini. I never requested a "vegetarian breakfast" - feel bad wasting food like this. I sent the veg salad back opted for fruit salad croissant."
Positiv: "People, service and food were great. Everyone had free blankets, pI'll own and earbuds. Cost was also great."
Negativ: "Seats a little tight."
Positiv: "problemloser, schneller check in und schnelles boarding. Ruhiger Flug - überpünktlich..."
Negativ: "The food was poor, uninspired, ungenerous, inadequate. Perfunctory service. Poor movie choices."
Positiv: "Flug hatte 30 min Verspätung aber das kann passieren . Pilot hat sehr niedliches deutsch gesprochen und sich sehr nett entschuldigt . Habe daher Zug verpasst nach hamburg und damit Abend Termin . Hatte am service Gate gefragt , ob ich direkt auf den Flug nach hamburg tauschen kann - es gab freie Plätze und ich hätte einen für 622 Euro kaufen können. Warum muss das anders sein als beim Zug ? Fliegen ist wie Zug fahren . Ich habe auch mein Ticket (79 Euro ) mit der dB für eine Bearbeitungsgebühr von 19 Euro tauschen können .. und die was nicht schuld und hat einen schlechten Ruf ;) gerne flexibler werden wenn Flexibilität von Passagieren erwartet wird . Danke , dass sie das ausrichten .. viele Grüße"
Negativ: "Wenig essen wenig platz wenig alkohol an board ...."
Negativ: "Economy seat with Centre seat left empty"
Positiv: "The employee at the checkin counter in Oslo set everything up for us regarding our wheelchair and walker. She was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and kind. She arranged for a pick up in Helsinki with the airport's crew. They helped us unload the plane and then had a personal accessible bus to take us from where we landed (outside of terminal) to the gate of our next departure. The crew were all extremely professional and efficient."
Negativ: "The leg room is never enough on the long flights. The flight from Chicago to Helsinki at 10:00pm was not nearly as good as the flights from Oslo to Helsinki to Chicago. The crew was not as pleasant, the lights were not turned off until after 1:00 am and then turned on hours before the light "breakfast" was served."
Positiv: "was on time. Small airport, convenient transit without passport control,"
Negativ: "Small flight, longer flying time. Almost no service."
Positiv: "Friendly crew, modern and clean plane."
Negativ: "After we landed the crew diacovet d that we had parked too far from the gate and needed to move the plane. Several passengers were anxious to deplane to connect to another flight and refused to sit down which caused further delays. The crew could have been more stern about passenger conduct as to make the process more efficient."
Positiv: "Great service and great food."
Negativ: "The long hours"
Positiv: "Vistas along Mediterranean departing Nice"
Negativ: "Interesting conversation with fellow passenger"
Positiv: "The option of having a direct flight between Helsinki and Miami. The plane was clean and the seats comfortable."
Negativ: "The flight was 1 1/2 hrs late!!!! This seems to be a regular pattern from what I understand from others who have travelled the same itinerary. Not good if this becomes your reputation. The crew was not very attentive during good service. It was more of a routine / rush job rather than making sure that everybody was served and got what they needed ( had to ask for my dinner as my row was skipped and was never offered coffee before landing). The crew seemed rather young and inexperienced. The food was below average!!!! Especially the chicken patty before landing - seriously!!!!! Why not include a little bit of Finnish / Scandinavian cuisine to emphasize the Finnair brand!!! Entertainment was also below average. There needs to be more variety - especially for the TV selection, which had only 2 options!!! No music and no games?? Also, it would be nice to have access to a flight map. Too few accessible WCs"
Positiv: "Crew was fine. Uncomfortable seats bearable for the short flight."
Negativ: "flight # 742 canceled put in another plane, from other provider (LOT) going straight to Chicago; was not ready for it; we arrived at airport 2 hr before time of boarding and were rushed to plane going up in 45 min; very stressful; my daughter cried and we had no time to say good bays to family paid for selected seats - money not returned selected special meal - stayed hungry (8 hr fly) because they were not aware about our special needs; Finnair shold take care of it when canceling flight and putting us with other provider."
Positiv: "Professionalism, punctual, friendly service"
Negativ: "You pay for your food just like you do on American Domestic airlines. However they offered coffee and their special Finnair grape juice."
Negativ: "This was booked as British Airways, but ended up American Airways. The food was cold and had to be reheated, the plane was worn, overall this was one of the worst flights to Europe ever. I did not book American, just got duped into it, but now I will make sure I will never fly American again."
Positiv: "Flight was on time Baggage arrived on time Light breakfast was good [ I chose not to have dinner ] Slept through 95% of the red-eye flight so it was a good experience"
Negativ: "Seating is cramped in economy"
Great leg room and very clean plane nothing could be better 😁
Positiv: "Not much to say here. It was a short flight, and it went smoothly."
Negativ: "I’ll say the same thing about almost every flight I have, and this is mostly for the airlines. People might fly more and pay a bit more if you give us more room. Being crammed into a tiny seat with a bunch of strangers is never pleasant. Same in this flight. Nothing terrible, just the usual. Also, to the other passengers, sit down until it’s your turn to exit. What is wrong with you that you can’t sit five more minutes? Be polite and let the people in front of you go first, let them have room to grab their bags instead of having your elbows in their face."
Positiv: "All was super!"
Negativ: "All was great!"
Positiv: "The crew was friendly. Baggage arrive safely. But the repeated commercial interruptions trying to sell things made me wonder if it was commission based - a nap was not possible from the announcements but you could buy things duty free. I am glad it was a short flight. A new plane."
Negativ: "There are no queues. A free for all to load and unload the plane. If you are looking for Swiss order, look elsewhere. Nothing is free, not water (1.5 euro) or any other beverages or anything else. We paid double what the flight should cost to not even be offered water. The seats were lightly padded to maximize seats. There was a small amount of leg room but some. No power outlets, wifi or media. The worst aspect is I bought a flight on Baltic Air from Tallinn to Riga and had the price from Riga to Paris on the next tab on kayak. I bought the ticket from Tallin to Riga then flipped to buy Riga to Paris only to learn it was a bait price. The price was actually $200 more. Baltic would not refund the first flight (within minutes) so we were stuck to either walk away from our 2 tickets to Riga or pay the bait and switch rate. We begrudgingly paid 400 (200 each) euro MORE than the initial price shown so we could fly out of Riga back to Paris (to be back in Paris by Jan 7). A non alcoholic beverage, a small snack, and power access would be helpful. Ground crew helping with order would be helpful. I was shoved and run over trying to get onto and off the plane. It is the wild west of flying except the plane is new...oh, and it is 30 euro if you do not check in online ahead. But you will still need to stand in line to check a bag (where they can issue you a boarding pass)."
Negativ: "Flight attendant didn’t smile @ all, it was like we are on her way."
Positiv: "Nice stuff."
Negativ: "Probably teleportation?"
Positiv: "The crew, plane and airport was great!"
Negativ: "Part of our luggage was disassembled and not delivered to the final destination."
Negativ: "One Toilet for a full plane with 150 passengers...."
Negativ: "Flying with the same company from Vilnius, only on Riga they decided to weight the cabin bags. I understand the police, the limit weight, but they should apply it from the first flight, not just half way"
Negativ: "no food or water in economy - for a 5 hour flight."
Positiv: "everything was good enough"
Negativ: "I would like a meal and drinks on the board"
Positiv: "They just wanted more money. Charged us one small carry-on bag over 60 Euro! Ridiculous. Horrible airline, will never fly with airBaltic."
Negativ: "They should have told us that one person can only bring one bag. we just flew with Ryanair and Easyjet, which allow one carryne and one bag. Again, will never fly with such horrible airBaltic, never!!!"
Positiv: "All fine"
Negativ: "Flight delayed 2 hours"
Negativ: "Horrible customer support"
Negativ: "Ich würde gern den Sitz bekommen, den ich gebucht und deshalb extra bezahlt habe. Am Gate hat die Mitarbeiterin mir dann jedoch ohne Rücksicht auf meine Vorabbuchung einen sehr lauten Sitz neben dem Propeller zugewiesen. Das hat mich dann schon geärgert."
Positiv: "Crews on Air France are outstanding!"
Negativ: "Baggage was lost and was delivered 2 days later."
Negativ: "Flight was late"
Negativ: "There was a sceen right before my eyes telling me how much time of the flight was left. Even if I wanted to be unaware of the information I could not because as I mensioned it was right before my eyes. I was aware of almost every minute of this flight....found it hard to let go and just let time pass"
Positiv: "staff were polite, helpful, and efficient"
Negativ: "super small plane... had to climb a very narrow staircase into the plane... overhead bins couldn't accommodate much of anything... we weren't warned this in advance"
Negativ: "Abigail in MLA (Luqa Intl Malta), one of the sassiest and unhelpful agents I have met. Ask for payment for baggage, does something with my credit card- then tells me I need to go to another desk to pay. So inefficient. This on top of her and her gate buddy screwing around at the desk throwing things at each other. Professionalism is not here. To top it off, the plane sat on the tarmac for 40 minutes and we just about missed our connection. Dirty plane too, gum stains on carpet and dirty seats. Will not fly with these clowns again."
Negativ: "The passage through Riga airport was terrifying. We arrived from St. Petersburg 6.35 and we left 7.20 to Paris (passengers in transit). We explained at the checkpoint that we had a few minutes, but they controlled us several times until we had to throw several liquid items. In St. Petersburg they had already controlled us, without problems. In short: a sad experience in Riga, which does not speak well of this country: Latvia."
Positiv: "Quick boarding, pleasant crew"
Negativ: "Small propeller plane with very limited room, no in-flight service,"
Positiv: "Pleasant crew, efficient boarding, flight was on time"
Negativ: "No in-flight service"
Positiv: "They waited for transit passengers Were helpful"
Positiv: "Flight was short and sweet, no problems to report."
Positiv: "Easy for my friend and I"
Negativ: "They delayed our flight from Gatwick to Riga with no information given to passengers. Many of us had a connecting flight with Air Baltic from Riga to Helsinki- which we asked if they will wait for us, the crew member said because the flight was also with Air Baltic, they will wait for us. We got there 10 minutes before take off, and the gate has already closed. Furthermore, we got to the Air Baltic counter, we were given 5Euro meal vouchers even though we will be staying at the Riga airport for 9 hours. Also they gave us terrible customer service attitude, which we definitely do not deserve after being delayed, and causing so much trouble on their behalf. Definitely do not recommend flying with Air Baltic again. I've never been this angry with any air line."
Positiv: "Alles war pünktlich, an Board war sogar Scooter und H. H. Baxter und es gab ein Fotoshooting mit der Besatzung :-)"
Positiv: "Ich war sehr überraschd, wie neu die Flugzeige sind und wie viel Platz es gibt."
Negativ: "Leider muss man für Snacks/Essen und sogar Trinken einen erheblichen Batzen Geld investieren."
Positiv: "Der Flug startete pünktlich und wir sind sogar 10 Minuten früher gelandet. Dieses Phänomen habe ich bei allen AirBaltic Flügen festgestellt."
Negativ: "Durch die Größe des Flugzeugs hat mein Handgepäck leider nicht in die Klappen oberhalb der Sotze gepasst. Dies war wohl allerdings auch meine Schuld, da ich sehr großes Gepäck dabei hatte."
Negativ: "on the website i ordered and payed for a meal, and automatically it went to the last and the shortest leg of the flight. it did not ask which leg i was interested in. so i phoned their customer service to get this fixed, they said they cannot fix it and closed the phone on me. on the website is said that from israel you cannot do advance internet checkin, and when i arrived at the checkin they said that i should have done this advanced check in, and since i didn't i need to go to their ticket office and pay a penalty of 35$ per passenger. there also was no warning on the website of any such penalty. i will never fly with them again if i can help it."
Negativ: "SEVERELY DELAYED"
Negativ: "They overbooked the flight and without any apologies on their behalf or without even informing me, they stop me and my fiance at the gate and just told is that we can not go to the flight I book and prepay 4 month at advance! The only solution that they can offer me was to travel from Riga to Moscow and than to Tel Aviv. It become 12 hours traveling across 4 countries ( we arrived form Stockholm) instead of 5 hours flight as it was supposed to! I'm not recommending to travel with that company it can not be trusted!"
Negativ: "bag measure frames in Riga airport used for aB are smaller than in most airports, as a results we were asked to check some bags in at the last moment. we have had connecting flight through Riga with two hand bags. lets call them big and small. judge by yourself: flight, aircraft, small, big ->Riga CS3, on board, on board Riga-> DHC 8-400, on board, check in ->Riga DHC 8-400, on board, on board Riga-> CS3, check in, check in as you see, the same bags on the same aircraft were allowed or disallowed by the same company based on weather one flies to Riga or from it. i believe there is absolutely no purpose for doing last second interruptions of such kind"
Negativ: "We had to pay for 3 pieces of luggage, including my hand luggage. It came to about $150 dollars. When i booked the flight, it did not indicate anything about this extra change so be ware of this. The flight itself was quite inexpensive."
Positiv: "Nice and helpful staff, good food (pre-ordered)"
Negativ: "To little legroom, delay"
Negativ: "Expensive tickets but no complimentary beverages and snacks for a 2 hour flight, overpriced snacks in the flight cafe. 3H delay!!!! with no understandable explanation in English and no explanation in Latvian from the captain - airBaltic is a Latvian airline! Other airlines use two languages - national and English"
Positiv: "Everything was very smooth and the crew was very attentive."
Positiv: "Food was good, flight was on time, boarding quick"
Negativ: "Aircraft was incredibly dirty."
Positiv: "Quick bag drop and security line at Riga airport. Quick boarding with all the larger suitcases forcibly checked in at no charge. On time departure. Seats are comfortable enough for a short flight."
Negativ: "(This is more of a comment on Kayak's review page than on the flight.) Haven't tried the food and there was no entertainment."
Negativ: "paying for water!"
Negativ: "Who charges for coffee, jeez"
Positiv: "It's very inexpensive, especially if you fly with only with a carry-on luggage. On-board service has always been excellent."
Negativ: "The check-in process is horrible, regardless of the airport you are flying from. It's just the trademark of Air Baltic. I learned my lesson and pay extra to use the priority check in line, as well as boarding. Otherwise you end up staying in a VERY long line. This time I was bumped from the seat that I picked when booking my flight, which was still assigned to me when I checked in online. No explanation or heads-up, I was just handed a paper boarding pass when I checked my bag, and only after I was past security line I realized that I was bumped from row 4 to row 10. I was able to get a seat in row 4 again at the gate, but not the same seat. Also, there was no priority boarding, even though I paid for it. Given this experience I will only fly this airline if I can get away with a carry on, thus avoiding the check in desk altogether."
Positiv: "Modern aircraft. Quick flight. Quick delivery of baggage at terminal. Relieved that baggage from BKK-KBP-RIX was not lost nor delayed."
Negativ: "It was cold and I was not dressed for the bus to the aircraft, but instead for the tropics where I had been. The toilet was not centered for stand - up use for men. Thus had to kneel in order to use. This booked by UIA, but the carrier was Air Baltic, which led to some confusion as to which airline to go to for boarding."
Positiv: "Fine, left on time, short flight."
Negativ: "No complaints"
Positiv: "The flights were on time, and the Riga airport was efficient."
Negativ: "The planes seemed very old and rickety. One was an old propeller plane that looked like it had a large patch. The second plane was so old that It was very difficult to open the overhead storage compartments. Both planes rocked side to side during takeoff and landing. I couldn't figure out how to check baggage online through Kayak, and it cost €40 at the airport. It got me where I needs to go, but with the baggage fees, it turned out to be about the same price as other airlines, and I wouldn't recommend the planes for people with any flying anxiety."