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Finnair eyes Asia expansion with A350 delivery

Finnair has taken delivery of it’s first A350 XWB. The carrier is first European operator and the third worldwide after Qatar Airways and Vietnam Airlines to operate the new aircraft. The aircraft is configured in a three-class layout with 297 seats, comprising 46 Business Class, 43 Economy Comfort and 208 Economy. This is the first A350 out of a 19 aircraft order for Finnair.

The aircraft bears the registration OH-LWA and is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.The A350 XWB will replace the fuel hungry A340-300’s in Finnair’s fleet and will serve alongside the airline’s existing Airbus fleet of 45 aircraft which includes 30 A320 Family aircraft and 15 A330/A340s.

The airline will initially operate the aircraft on a European tour starting at Amsterdam and Oslo on October 9th. From the 21st of November 2015, the A350 will start operations from Helsinki to Shanghai. The airline is expected to continue strengthening their Asia operations with destinations like Shanghai and Bangkok as they receive more aircraft.

Pekka Vauramo, CEO, Finnair

“Finnair has enjoyed a long and prosperous working relationship with Airbus and the A350 takes our cooperation to another level. This aircraft is the future of flying and will give our passengers a completely new and enhanced travel experience,”

Fabrice Brégier,President and CEO, Airbus

“At Airbus, we’re proud and delighted to see Finnair, one of the world’s longest-standing and most respected airlines, become the first European carrier to fly the A350 XWB, The A350 XWB’s unrivalled fuel efficiency and passenger comfort make it the perfect aircraft to spearhead Finnair’s Asian expansion.‎”

About Vedant Agarwal

A frequent flyer for both work and pleasure - Vedant has held elite status on many of the major alliances and airlines. Also an avid aviation photographer, his pictures have been published in and on the covers of many international publications.

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