A350 XWB Cabin Design Revealed
AS EUROPEAN launch customer of the Airbus A350 XWB, Finnair has completed the cabin design of its new flagship long-haul product, which is due to enter service in 2015.
Created by top Finnish firm dSign Vertti Kivi, the same company used for the airline’s new Premium Lounge at Helsinki Airport, the A350’s bright and spacious cabin features large panoramic view windows and comfortable seating in both classes onboard.
Gradual changes in the LED lighting during the flight will help passengers to relax, while the carrier’s fleet of A350s will also be equipped with onboard Wi-Fi. “We have worked hard to create a special customer experience onboard the A350 XWB and are proud to bring Finnish design to Finnair’s passengers,” commented designer Vertti Kivi.
The A350s will carry 297 passengers in a two-class configuration, 46 in Business Class in a 1+2+1 layout and 251 in Economy. In Business, the carrier is fitting Zodiac Cirrus III seats which convert to fully lie-flat beds, 16in (41cm) touchscreen in-flight entertainment systems as well as AC and USB power outlets. In Economy, the carrier is fitting Zodiac Z300 slim-line seats with a 31in (79cm) seat pitch in a 3+3+3 layout.
At the front of the Economy Class cabin there will be 43 Economy Comfort seats, equipped with more comfortable headrests and 4in (10cm) extra leg room. Finnair plans to start operating its first A350s in the second half of next year, initially serving Shanghai, Bangkok and Beijing with Hong Kong and Singapore being added in 2016. The carrier has 11 firm orders and eight options for the A350, which will form the backbone of the company’s long-haul fleet and drive its expansion plans.
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