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Finnair Presents Airbus A350 in Hamburg. Lufthansa Technik contracted for component support

Finnair introduced the all-new Airbus A350 XWB in Hamburg on Sunday. Travellers were able to experience the latest addition to Finnair’s fleet and fly to Helsinki with the new Airbus long-haul jet. Finnair is the first European airline that take the Airbus A350 XWB in to service.

“The A350 is the future of aviation. It offers to our passengers a completely new and improved travel experience”, says Pekka Vauramo, CEO of Finnair. Pekka Vauramo presented the aircraft together with Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO Hamburg Airport, Dr. Johannes Bussmann, CEO Lufthansa Technik and the Vice President Customer and Ralf Schulmeister, Airbus Business Programme Development.

Agreement between LHT and Finnair

“The launch of medium-sized, extremely economical long-haul jets like the Airbus A350 XWB opens up new possibilities to airports such as Hamburg Airport. These aircraft types are particularly attractive for connections not served by hubs. We are sure that there is a market for further long-haul flights in Hamburg, and will continue to show these possibilities to airlines”, said Michael Eggenschwiler. Finnair has awarded Lufthansa Technik a 12-year agreement for component support for the new aircraft type. Lufthansa Technik is one of the leading providers of technical services for the aviation industry, and the agreement with Finnair is the company’s first contract for A350 XWB component support.

19 Aircraft Ordered

According to Hamburg Airport, Finnair wants to double the number of flights to Asia from 2010 to 2020. The investment in the A350 forms the basis of the expansion strategy. Overall, the company has ordered 19 A350, the biggest investment in the history of Finnair. The first four aircraft will be added to the fleet in 2015, with a further seven aircraft to be delivered by 2016 and 2017. Deliveries are to be completed by 2023. The first commercial flight of the A350 took place from Helsinki to Amsterdam and Oslo as part of Finnair’s crew familiarisation. The first Finnair Airbus A350 XWB will commence its long-haul service from Helsinki to Shanghai on 21 November 2015.

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Three Assembly Plants in the Hamburg Metro Region

Major parts of the new aircraft type have been manufactured in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. The Airbus plant in Hamburg-Finkenwerder builds and provides fully equipped fuselage section to the end line in Toulouse, where they are just being put together – a process called “plug and fly” by Airbus. Finkenwerder is also responsible for the cabin development and design as well as various tests. In Buxtehude, the cabin electronics are manufactured. The Airbus site at Stade supplies the rudder, the upper and lower shells of the rear fuselage section,and the upper wing shell. “With the carbon fiber hull of the A350 XWB, we develop and build here in Hamburg a key technology of the aircraft of the 21st century”, Gerald Weber, the former CEO Airbus Operations Germany had said on occasion of the topping-out ceremony of the Airbus A350 assembly hall in 2010. A good five years later, and Weber gone, Finnair will take off into a new age of aviation with the Airbus A350 XWB.

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