|The first A350-900 for Finnair taking shape in the Roger Béteille Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. Photo: Airbus
[Avionics Today 12-19-2014] The first A350-900 for Finnair is taking shape in the Roger Béteille Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. Finnair will be the first European airline to fly the A350 XWB and the third in the world.
Scheduled for delivery in autumn 2015, the aircraft is now in the fuselage section-joining phase. Following this, the aircraft will move to wing junction, cabin installation and first power-on, all achieved in one single station. Once these phases are completed, the aircraft will undergo system tests, cabin completion, painting and engine installation before starting the delivery process, including flight testing.
Finnair has a total of 19 A350 XWB on order. The aircraft will be deployed on Finnair’s long-haul routes to Asia and America.