10 onboard essentials that fly to the Big Apple

10 onboard essentials that fly to the Big Apple

Did you know that no fewer than 20,000 everyday items are onboard every Helsinki-New York flight? And that’s not including passengers, crew, and luggage! Surprised?

Fleece blankets
Finnair introduced its popular Marimekko blanket in 2013. Passengers praise its warmth, size, and of course style. The print is the iconic Marimekko Kivet (Stones) pattern, and the blanket was designed solely for Finnair use. Each New York flight is stocked with 250 of these freshly laundered snuggly blankets.

Hot towels
Hot towels are offered to passengers before meals. In Business Class these are terry cloth towels, and in Economy Class they are cloth paper towels. Flight attendants heat them with hot water. On the New York flight, Finnair serves 250 in Economy Class and 100 in Business Class.


Blueberry juice
Finnair started serving blueberry juice on its short-haul flights in 2014. Soon, passengers asked for the beverage on long-haul flights, too. Now passengers consume 700,000 litres per year. The New York flight carries 48 litres. Blueberries are often referred to as a superfood.


Finnair’s first aid kit is called the Medibox, though it is a canvas purse. Among other things, the Medibox includes bandages, earplugs, nose spray, a thermometer, and anti-diarrhea medication. Each flight has two first aid kits and a total of 48 bandages. Paper cuts are the most common inflight injury.

Fazer chocolate
No New York flight takes off without 150 to 200 individually wrapped Fazer chocolates onboard, served mainly in Business Class. Economy Class passengers may get Fazer chocolates as dessert. Passengers also buy about 100,000 Fazer chocolate bars from Finnair’s inflight tax-free shopping catalogue each year.

While Finnair plans to fully digitalise all reading material offered onboard by 2018, for now passengers can still dig into physical newspapers and magazines. These include the New York Times, Financial Times and Helsingin Sanomat. Altogether there are 321 publications representing 16 brands on the Helsinki to New York roundtrip flight.

Stain remover wipes
These wipes are small, but crucial to the flight. They are needed often – for instance, when wine or food spills onto a passenger’s shirt. The wipes have been a Finnair staple for decades and are made in Finland. There are always 32 wipes onboard.

Menu cards
Finnair’s Business Class multi-language wine list is the same on all flights and changes every six months. The food menu changes quarterly and its content and language varies based on the aircraft’s route. Printed in Finland, the menu cards introduce the Finnair Signature Chefs and their corresponding meals. Finnair plans to digitise the menu cards by 2018.

Dry ice
Have you ever wondered how food and drinks stay cold on a flight? The answer is dry ice, which is made of carbon dioxide and frozen down to -79 degrees Celsius. The crew handles dry ice with gloves on. The New York flight carries 39 packages of dry ice, weighing 1 kilogram each.


Finnair’s signature napkins feature Marimekko’s Kivet (Stones) design. The napkins come in three different sizes and in various shades of green and grey. The Helsinki-New York roundtrip is flown with 2,383 napkins onboard. Their weight totals 7 kilograms and the napkins are used during food and drink service.

Text Mirva Lempiäinen
Photos Teemu Kuusimurto



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