March 27, Blagnac, France: Finnair has taken delivery of its first of eight A330-300s to develop its medium and long-haul operation. Powered by General Electric CF6-80E1 engines, the carrier’s new A330 can seat 271 passengers in a two-class cabin (229 seats in Economy and 42 in Business Class).
“With its cost efficiency and the high passenger comfort, we see the A330 as the right aircraft for our ambitious fleet renewal plans,” said Jukka Hienonen, CEO of Finnair. “It will help us to achieve our goal of having one of Europe’s youngest and environmentally friendly fleets. The low fuel burn of the type reduces cost and at the same time the environmental impact of our operations.” The carrier said the A330 will consume 20% less fuel compared to its predecessor.
With the brand new A330-300, the Finnair fleet now numbers 35 Airbus aircraft; the airline was also the first to order the A350 XWB, signing for 11 examples with first delivery due in 2014. The manufacturer claims orders for the A330-300 stand at more than 390 from 38 customers.