HELSINKI | Today A350XWB European launch customers and OneWorld carrier Finnair, showcase its new cabin design that will be featured on its upcoming flagship aircraft the Airbus A350XWB, set to be delivery in the second quarter of 2015. The Finnish flag carrier, held an event at the Finnair headquarters dispatching future plans.
Finnair has high hopes for its new A350 fleet, including an all-new premium economy, new long haul destinations to China, and the hopes that the A350 can reach Asia without flying over Russia due to Russia having plans to block their airspace to European carries. Finnair also has plans to use its fleet of A350 as a replacement aircraft for its current fleet of seven aging and non-profitable A340.
“The additional freight capacity of this airplane makes me think that it has the reach, that it’s technically possible,”
Finnair chief executive Pekka Vauramo said at Finnair press conference
It’s no doubt that Finnair long haul future depend on its upcoming deliveries of A350, the flag carrier and largest airline of Finland currently has an order for 11 A350XWB all 11 frames are firm orders. The finnish flag carrier has 8 options, that most likely will be firm orders in the long run. Those 11 aircraft will be some of the most feature pack fitting A350 in the skies.
At the Finnish carrier event today, The OneWorld carrier showcase their new cabin design fitted with new seats, touch screen entertainment system, travelers on ultra long flights will love the cabin lighting system. The cabin will feature dynamic lighting, with a colour and atmosphere that matches the time, the destination and the season, helping travelers to feel better when they reach at their destinations.
Finnair will config their A350-900 in a three class layout, totaling 297 seats, which will be broken down between the 3 Class of Business Class; Economy Comfort and Economy.
Travelers riding in Economy Comfort, shouldn’t expect an Emirates, Qatar, Etihad type of premium economy class. Finnair travelers in premium economy class better known as Economy Comfort, will enjoy extra legroom, thanks to a 35 inch pitch seating position over the cramp 31 inch pitch position of Economy. Economy Comfort Class Travelers will also see more of that comfort with new headrest Finnair call the new HQ more comfortable that past headrest. High-End headphones and an amenity kit; should be expect in Comfort. Economy Comfort Class will be launching at the end of this year however, launching Finnair current fleet of A340 and A330 aircraft on International routes.
“The price-point starts at €45 extra, so we think it is very affordable. We think if you are on a long-haul flight for 10 hours, it’s going to be very sellable.”
Finnair executive Allister Paterson told SMADE.
“There is a set of travellers that want a bit more leg-space but don’t want to pay that much,”
Finnair has also book some very interesting new route to go with its new aircraft. Once the A350 has been delivered, Finnair has chosen Bangkok; Beijing and Shanghai as the launching long haul route for the European carrier.
Finnair is also launching ten new destination for the summer of 2015 right around the same time the Airbus A350XWB is expected to be delivered. The ten new destination are in partnership with Suntours and other tour companies. Those 10 destinations includes:
|DESTINATION||DESTINATION START DATE|
|Paphos, Cyprus||March 31|
|Palma de Mallorca, Spain||April 11|
|Dalaman, Turkey||April 12|
|Heraklion, Crete (Greece)||April 17|
|Chania, Crete (Greece)||April 18|
|Rhodes, Greece||April 19|
|Catania, Sicily (Italy)||May 6|
|Kos, Greece||May 9|
|Naples, Italy||May 28|
|Innsbruck, Austria||June 14|
Finnair Airbus A350XWB Cabin