07 October 2015
Marking the delivery of Finnair’s first A350 XWB on 7 October 2015 are (from left-to-right): Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier– Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo– and Eric Schulz, President – Civil Large Engines, Rolls-RoyceRead more
The delivery of MSN0018 on 7 October made Finnair the A350 XWB’s first European operator.
There was a crackle of excitement in the air as Finnair took delivery of its first A350-900 in Toulouse today. Working closely with Airbus, the Nordic carrier had been preparing the handover for ten years. “Today heralds an exciting chapter in our history,” CEO Pekka Vauramo said. “The A350 XWB is the future of flying. This is the moment we have been waiting for.”
The airline became the first to commit to the type in 2007 with an order for 19 A350 900s. The delivery makes it the A350 XWB’s third operator. “Ties between our two companies are becoming even stronger,” commented Fabrice Brégier. “I must thank Finnair for giving the A350 XWB such firm support.”
The aircraft will form the backbone of Finnair’s long-haul fleet at a time of strategic importance for the airline. It has ambitious plans to double passenger numbers to Asia by 2020, making Helsinki Europe’s gateway to the Far East.
CEO Vauramo added that the A350 XWB would “take customer comfort to a new level” with its spacious, elegant cabin and mood lighting that “can even mimic the Northern Lights.”
Passengers can also enjoy inflight WiFi. The aircraft’s 25% step change in fuel efficiency would translate into “huge” CO2 reductions,” Mr Vauramo said.
The aircraft prepares for entry into service during October, operating on European routes. It’s scheduled to fly its first long haul mission in late November, from Helsinki to Shanghai. Other Asian destinations will soon follow.
“This is the beginning of a new era for Finnair,” said Maija Ignatius, Finnair’s A350 XWB Chief Purser. “Everything is new and rethought for modern flying. I believe passengers can sense the excitement and pride as we work in the new airplane. I’m honoured to call the A350 XWB my work place. The experience of flying will be redefined!”
Finnair – which received its first A350 XWB on 7 October 2015 – became the first customer to commit to the aircraft type in 2007 with an order for 19 A350-900s
The delivery of Finnair’s first A350 XWB on 7 October 2015 is shown in this video, highlighting the special ceremony held in Toulouse, France –which included speeches from Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo; and Eric Schulz, President – Civil Large Engines, Rolls-Royce. With handover of its no. 1 A350 XWB, Finnair became the first European operator – and third worldwide – for Airbus’ new-generation widebody jetliner.Read more
On 7 October 2015, Finnair became the first European carrier – and the third worldwide – to receive a new-generation A350 XWB jetliner from Airbus. In this video, the operator’s employees take you behind the scenes and highlight the tremendous effort that led to this milestone delivery – which has opened a new era for Finnair.Read more