Finnair’s first Airbus A350-900 is making progress on the Final Assembly Line (FAL) of the European aircraft consortium in Toulouse, France. Finnair will be the first European airline to fly the A350 XWB and the third operator in the world. Scheduled for delivery in autumn 2015 the aircraft is now in the fuselage section joining phase.
Following this, the aircraft will move to wing junction, cabin installation and first power-on, all achieved in one single station. Once these phases are completed, the aircraft will undergo system tests, cabin completion, painting and engine installation before starting the delivery process, including flight testing.
Finnair has a total of 19 A350 XWB on order. The aircraft will be deployed on Finnair’s long-haul routes to Asia and America.
After an embarrassment at the beginning of this month Airbus and Qatar Airways are now set to shake hands with the official acceptance of the first ever A350 XWB on 22 December.
Source: Airbus, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger