Finnair took delivery of the first of 19 A350 XWBs on order on Wednesday 7 October, becoming the first European operator and the third worldwide of Airbus’ newest airliner. Follow the delivery flight here. Finnair will commence commercial services with the A350 XWB later this week, with a European tour starting at Amsterdam and Oslo on 9 October.
Long-haul A350 XWB flights will start from Helsinki to Shanghai on 21 November. The aircraft joins the airline’s all-Airbus fleet of 45 aircraft in operation, today comprising 30 A320 Family aircraft and 15 A330/A340s.
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.
Featured image: The first Finnair A350 XWB, seen in Toulouse. (Image © Airbus / F. Lancelot)