Photo: Finnair receives world’s first Airbus A321 fitted with Sharklets

by BA Staff

Finnish national carrier, Finnair, became the launch customer for the new Sharklets equipped A321 by taking delivery of the first of five aircraft on order. The aircraft was officially handed over to Ville Iho, Finnair Chief Operating Officer, during a delivery ceremony at the Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Germany.

Image copyright and courtesy Airbus S.A.S. Used under fair use for editorial purpose only.

The A321 aircraft will eventually replace Finnair’s existing fleet of 757s, making it an all Airbus operator. The airline currently operates an Airbus fleet of 40 aircraft (25 A320 family aircraft and 15 A330s/A340s). Finnair was the first airline to commit to the A350 XWB with a total of 11 aircraft on order.

The A321 is an extended version of narrow body A320 Family. To date, more than 9,800 A320 family aircraft have been ordered and over 5,700 delivered to more than 390 operators worldwide.

About Devesh Agarwal

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