Finnair has signed an agreement for eight Airbus A350-900s. The order follows up on an initial order placed by the airline in 2007 where Finnair was the first airline to select the A350 XWB. The airline will be the first European airline in autumn 2015 to receive the new Airbus wide-body. Finnair’s A350 XWBs will seat 297 passengers in a two class configuration.
Finnair currently operates an all Airbus fleet of 45 aircraft (30 A320 Family aircraft and 15 A330s/A340s). Finnair was a launch customer of the A350, and in 2007 placed an order for 11 A350-900s, including an option for further eight. This agreement brings the total committed order to 19 A350-900s.
Pekka Vauramo, CEO, Finnair
“Our strategy centers on growth, taking advantage of the unique geographical location of our Helsinki Hub, which offers the fastest connections between Europe and Asia. The A350XWB aircraft will be essential in delivering on our strategy, as they enable growth in both passenger and cargo traffic, offer our customers top class travel experience and considerably enhance our cost competitiveness. Firming up the order for additional eight Airbus A350 XWB aircraft demonstrates our commitment to growth and to operating a world class Airbus fleet, Together with Airbus and our other partners we are preparing to make the A350 entry into service a success.”