Finnair boosts Airbus fleet

Finnair has placed a firm order with Airbus for an additional A330-300 long-range aircraft for delivery in spring 2009.This new order brings the total number of Finnair’s Airbus wide-body aircraft to 22, including seven A330-300s, four A340-300s and eleven A350 XWB.

Jukka Hienonen, President and CEO of Finnair said, “We want to update our long-haul fleet as quickly as possible, so as to serve our customers better. We also want to benefit from the modern twin-engine technology offered by the Airbus products, which are both more fuel efficient and environmentally friendlier. This will allow us to operate one of the most modern and eco-efficient fleets in Europe.”

Airbus claims the A330-300 will consume 20 percent less fuel than its predecessor aircraft.

“The A330 offers unrivalled fuel and environmental efficiency as well as passenger comfort, and also produces very low emissions and noise. The combination of A330s, A340s, and the A350s to come, together with Finnair’s in service A320s, offers the airline a strong asset in the market,” said Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, John Leahy.