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Arriving into Helsinki airport
Arriving into Helsinki airport
Arriving into Helsinki airport
Arriving into Helsinki airport

Tier Point Run to Los Angeles in May 2024: Day 7 – London Heathrow (LHR) to Helsink (HEL)

By Nige on Mon 20 May 2024 at 13:00
Type: Post
Story: Tier Point Run to Los Angeles in May 2024
Tags: Finnair | HEL | Helsinki | LHR | London Heathrow | Trips

I whizzed through to T5 Flight Connections and got on the first T3 bus. It stopped at T5B, but by that stage, it was a squeeze to get anyone else onboard.

A mini breakfast enjoyed in the BA First Lounge at Heathrow T3
A mini breakfast enjoyed in the BA First Lounge at Heathrow T3
A mini breakfast enjoyed in the BA First Lounge at Heathrow T3
A mini breakfast enjoyed in the BA First Lounge at Heathrow T3

Arriving into T3, I found a fairly long queue for security with no apparent fast track line, so I had to slum it with everyone else.

The scanners were the new ones, so at least I didn’t have to extract liquids and laptop etc.

Once through, I bypassed the duty free by following signs for Short Connect, and then straight into the BA Lounge.

I took the opportunity to enjoy a top up of breakfast. I was thinking I might try and sleep on the Finnair flight to Helsinki.

A busy Gate 1 at Heathrow T3 waiting for my flight to Helsinki
A busy Gate 1 at Heathrow T3 waiting for my flight to Helsinki
A busy Gate 1 at Heathrow T3 waiting for my flight to Helsinki
A busy Gate 1 at Heathrow T3 waiting for my flight to Helsinki

I only had about 45 mins in the lounge before heading down to Gate 1 for my flight over to Helsinki.

Flight: BA6032 Equip: A350-900
Sched Depart: 10:20 Actual: 10:21
Sched Arrival: 15:15 Actual: 15:05
Takeoff: 10:37 Landing: 14:59

Gate 1 was fairly busy by the time I got down there, but no one was really queuing close to the boarding door. I didn’t start a queue, but I did position myself so that I could quickly join a queue if one was started.

On my way to Helsinki with Finnair
On my way to Helsinki with Finnair
On my way to Helsinki with Finnair
On my way to Helsinki with Finnair

One guy decided to start the queue 30 secs before the doors were opened. He was so keen, I expected him to start banging on the door shouting, “Let me on”.

On into my preferred seat 08A and I looked forward to (perhaps) getting some more shuteye.

I quite like the new Finnair business class seat. It is easy to slip into sleep mode straight after take off.

I slept most of the way and turned my nose up at the offer of a meal onboard.

Nice smooth landing. Nice to be able to watch the landing using the A350 camera on the tail.

We arrived into Gate 43 and it was a fairly quick attaching of the airbridge and a rapid exit heading to the Platinum Wing.


Follow the whole story here: Tier Point Run to Los Angeles in May 2024


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Nige is one of the co-founders of The Billingham Blog and works as a freelance management consultant. He loves to fly in his spare time!

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