Oneworld airline Finnair have ordered 19 of the A350 to fly their long haul routes along with A330s. They will replace their current A340 fleet. Qatar was the A350 launch customer has ordered a whopping 80 of the type. A further 31 other airlines ordered the type. Airbus has sold 598 of the type.
Finnair’s A350 has 297 seats in three classes:
- Business-class: 46 flat bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration with a 78 to 81″ pitch and 21″ width. Every passenger will have direct aisle access plus large meal table, a side table, 16″ screen and both AC and USB outlets
- Economy comfort: 43 Economy Class seats in an unfriendly 3-3-3 layout. True you get a 35″ pitch but seats are only 18″ wide. Passengers will get noise cancelling headphones and an amenity kit.
- Economy also arranged 3-3-3 with a 31″ pitch and 18″ width
Every seat in the Economy cabins is fitted with an 11″ touchscreen entertainment system and USB power outlet. Business Class passengers plus One World Platinum and Gold customers will have access to free wifi. Other passengers can pay for access if they choose.
I flew Finnair last year from Bangkok taking advantage of their boast as the fastest option between Asia and Europe. They aim to double the number of passengers to the Asian region to about three million by 2020 and the A350 is a key driver of this strategy. I would definitely fly them again.
Finnair are scheduled to receive three more A350s in the second half of this year and seven more between 2016 and 2017. The remaining eight A350s will follow from 2018 through 2023.