Finnair today opened a new chapter in its history with the sale of tickets for the first flights that will be operated with the new aircraft Airbus A350 XWB. Finnair is the launch customer of these aircraft in Europe and will be the first carrier to operate the A350 on flights to and from China with the new link for Shanghai operational from next 25 October. Beijing will be the second destination reached by new aircraft, that will start operations on this route starting from 21 November 2015. Then follow Bangkok, It will be served by 4 December in conjunction with the A330, and then the daily services to Hong Kong, from 1 February 2016, and Singapore, from 5 may 2016.
Customers will know already from the time of booking on the website Finnair.com which type of aircraft operating the flight chosen or will have this information from their local travel agent. Will still be possible variations on the operational.
"We are thrilled to reach this important milestone,” commented Pekka Vauramo, Ceo of Finnair which stressed that the investment program for the new aircraft represent the largest financial commitment in Finnair's history. The Finnish company has an order book of 19 the new Airbus A350 with the first four planes are expected for delivery by the end of 2015. Seven more planes will arrive in 2016 and 2017 While the remaining aircraft will be delivered between 2018 and 2023. The aircraft received until 2017 will replace the A340.
Source: The Flight