Finnair will be the first A350 operator in Europe in 2015.
Miika Haario, the A350 fleet manager of Finnair has updated the integration of the A350 and its future missions.
Finnair will receive the first aircraft in mid-2015. All of their 11 ordered aircraft will be delivered before the end of 2017. For 8 options, Finnair does not yet know. “We have 7 A340-300 at this time, the A350 will replace them.” But Finnair also plans to launch new destinations and grow as a company. Therefore, the A350 is not intended to replace the A330, at least not yet.
Concerning the first destination on which the A350 will be placed, “we do not know yet but it will be one of those currently served by A340; Singapore, Nagoya, Shanghai, Bangkok, Hong Kong”.
When Finnair A350 fleet manager was asked about their interest in the bigger A350-1000, Miika Haario answered that they are not interested at the moment. “ Our orders are on the 900, only 900. We need to see if the traffic increases; only then we would need a larger device and we would of course interested in the 1000. But not at the moment.”