October 09, 2015: Finnair will begin services from Helsinki to Shanghai on November 21 with the first of 19 A350 XWBs it has on order. It is the first European and the third operator worldwide of the new aircraft.
Bellyhold cargo capacity is a maximum 23 tonnes.
Finnair has also announced it will begin flying three times a week to Fukuoka, Japan and four flights a week to Guangzhou, China next year: "We intend to double our Asian traffic by 2020 from the 2010 baseline, and these new destinations are an important step towards this target," said Pekka Vauramo, Finnair president and CEO. "We have a long tradition of connecting Asia and Europe with smooth fast connections via our Helsinki hub, and I look forward to expanding our network to these two exciting markets."
The service to Fukuoka makes Finnair the only European airline to operate to four different cities in Japan - it currently offers daily connections to Tokyo Narita, Nagoya and Osaka. The service is part of the joint business between Finnair, British Airways and Japan Airlines.
Guangzhou is Finnair's sixth destination in Greater China. Finnair has year-round services to Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and a summer service to Xi'an.
"At Airbus, we're proud and delighted to see Finnair, one of the world's longest-standing and most respected airlines, become the first European carrier to fly the A350 XWB," said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus president and CEO. "The A350 XWB's unrivalled fuel efficiency and passenger comfort make it the perfect aircraft to spearhead Finnair's Asian expansion."