Finnair took delivery from Airbus today of its first long-range A340-300E (E for Enhanced), the first of an initial order of three placed in December 2005. Since, Finnair has increased its order for Airbus long haul aircraft, adding seven A330/A340s and 11 A350XWBs. The A350XWB is Airbusâ€™ latest medium capacity long range airliner and will join Finnairâ€™s fleet in 2014.
The A340-300Es will replace Finnairâ€™s MD11 fleet and will be put into service on its long-haul destinations to Asia. Finnairâ€™s new A340-300E will accommodate 269 passengers in a very comfortable two-class cabin configuration (42 in Business, 227 in Economy).
Finnair started operating a pre-owned A340-300 in June 2006.
â€œWith the new A340-300E in our fleet, we will be able to cope with our traffic growth and develop our Asian destinations while safeguarding a seamless transition towards the new generation A350s,â€ said Jukka Hienonen, CEO of Finnair.
â€œFinnair and Airbusâ€™ partnership goes back a long time,â€ said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. â€œIt has been gratifying to witness Finnairâ€™s development throughout the years and we thank them for their continued confidence in our products.â€
Finnair already successfully operates a fleet of 30 Airbus Family aircraft, including 11 A319s, 12 A320s and six A321s and one pre-owned A340.
The A340-300E incorporates the newest technologies developed for the most recent Airbus long-range programmes: it features the latest flight deck equipment, provides increased passenger comfort and is equipped with four CFM International
CFM56-5C4 engines, significantly decreasing fuel burn and emissions.