Finnair is justifiably excited over the progress of its A350 in Toulouse. It will be the first A350 aircraft to fly for a European carrier, and it’s shaping up to be a beauty.
The test flight A350 visited Helsinki last August and received a very warm welcome from the future owners, the airport team at Helsinki, spotters and fans of aviation.
Still, there’s nothing quite like having one of your very own. There is now a complete tour available on the airline’s site of the future jewel of the Finnair fleet which covers the aircraft’s personalised features.
I was particularly amused by a picture shown of the tail fin rolling its way into the assembly hangar.
Details of the new aircraft’s interiors were revealed last year, and reflect a clean Nordic design approach which capitalises on the ample light which the A350’s larger windows and cavernous cabin afford. The Business class seat will feature Zodiac Cirrus II with full-flat bed seats and every passenger will get direct aisle access–a must for today’s Business class experience.
The economy section will be divided between Economy Comfort (with four extra inches of legroom) and Economy Class seating, both in a 3-3-3 configuration, offering 11-inch IFE touch screens. (seat map below.)
The aircraft is expected to join the Finnair fleet this winter 2015/2016, and you can follow its progress on twitter the dedicated hashtag: #A350Finnair
Having enjoyed the tour of the A350XWB during its reveal last year in Hamburg, and the first flight of Qatar’s A350 in Toulouse this past December, I can say that this is a unique flying experience and one which airlines are right to be excited over. The aircraft’s design is well thought-out with plenty of consideration for passenger comfort.
It is also an aircraft which goes the distance in serving the long-haul needs of airlines.
And it has an impressive set of wings.
Bon chance, Finnair A350! Ei voi odottaa Nähdä sinua lentää!
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