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07 October 2015
07. October 2015 Commercial Aircraft

Finnair becomes first European A350 XWB operator

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Offering a new generation flying experience for passengers

Finnair has taken delivery in Toulouse of the first of 19 A350 XWBs on order, thus becoming the first European operator and the third worldwide of the all-new airliner. The aircraft is configured in a premium three-class layout, with 297 seats, comprising 46 Business Class, 43 Economy Comfort and 208 Economy.

Finnair will commence commercial services with the A350 XWB later this week, with a European tour starting at Amsterdam and Oslo on October 9th. Furthermore, on the 21st of November 2015, non-stop long-haul A350 XWB flights will start from Helsinki to Shanghai. The aircraft will join the airline’s all-Airbus fleet of 45 aircraft in operation, today comprising 30 A320 Family aircraft and 15 A330/A340s.

"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," says Finnair CEO, Pekka Vauramo.

"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,”  said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “The A350 XWB's unrivalled fuel efficiency and passenger comfort make it the perfect aircraft to spearhead Finnair's Asian expansion.‎" Eric Schulz, President - Civil Large Engines, Rolls-Royce, said: “We are very proud to be with Finnair and Airbus today to mark another chapter in the A350 XWB story. The Trent XWB exemplifies how we take the best in technology to deliver new standards of excellence. Today marks the start of a new era in our relationship with Finnair and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

The world’s latest generation airliner, the A350 XWB, is the newest member of Airbus’ modern, comfortable & efficient wide-body product family. Offering customers a game-changing reduction in fuel-burn, the long-range A350 XWB features the most modern aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these cutting-edge technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. For passengers, it brings new levels of in-flight comfort, with an extra-wide cabin offering more personal space in all classes, including 18 inch wide seats as standard in economy class.

To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 783 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 41 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

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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-Royce

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Delivery of the first Finnair A350 XWB is celebrated on 7 October 2015 with a special message – “Kiitos” – which is Finnish for “thank you”

Highlights: First A350 XWB delivery for Finnair

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 less Read more

Finnair A350 XWB: A new era begins

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 less Read more

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