First, the good news. Finnair will unveil the first member of its new fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft at the Helsinki Airport on Wednesday and introduce a total of 11 A350s into service over the next two years. The brand-new aircraft consume approximately 25–30 per cent less fuel than the Airbus A340s they will replace, thus providing the majority state-owned airline with a significant competitive advantage because fuel costs account for 25–40 per cent of its costs.
The A350s will also improve the passenger experience and may encourage many to choose Finnair as the carrier for their next flight. Many air passengers absolutely relish the opportunity to board a genuinely new aircraft type and give feedback on its seats, on-board broadband service, lighting and ventilation system.