With the Airbus A350 XWB Finnair is introducing a ‘New Sense of Flying’ on its long-haul Asian routes, the latest destination being Hong Kong.
The Finnish airline’s brand-new Airbus landed for the very first time at Hong Kong International Airport on 17 March. Customers flying between Hong Kong and Helsinki can now experience Finnair’s A350’s next-generation technology and comfort.
As the first airline to introduce the A350 to a Hong Kong route, Finnair’s strategically focuses on the Asian market. Together with Shanghai, Bangkok, and Beijing, Hong Kong is among the first destinations to experience the Finnair A350 aircraft in long haul operations. Finnair expects to have 7 aircraft by the end of 2016, and intends to double Asian traffic by 2020.
“This is the biggest investment in Finnair history. Being among the first airlines to order, we expect the investment to enable growth both in our passenger services as well as in cargo traffic. Time has proven that the market believes in this concept since the first A350 arrives in Asia, and the experience is more than satisfactory, in terms of reliability, performance and customer experience.” says Lars Olofsson, Sales Director, Greater China, Finnair. “As one of the most important routes, we are excited to see the strong growth in the Hong Kong market.”
With the first A350 to fly a Hong Kong route, travelers will enjoy a new sense of flying brought by Finnair. The bright and spacious, award-winning cabin featuring large panoramic windows, in-flight Wi-Fi, brand new entertainment system, tailored signature menu, Finnair A350 brings all the luxuries you never imagined in air travel.
”With the Finnair A350, we want to offer the best experience of Nordic hospitality. Our aim has been to consider every little detail, from the personalized service by our cabin crew to the details of the cabin design. We hope the escalating product and service will offer Hong Kong travelers the most pleasant trip to Europe.” says Maarit Keränen, Head of Inflight Service, Finnair.
“To better serve the taste buds of Hong Kong passengers, we created the new menu in partnership with Executive Chef Jaakko Sorsa of FINDS Restaurant & Bar in Hong Kong. This is the first Asian-based chef cooperation for Finnair. With this cooperation, we want to honor our Nordic roots, and bring the best of Nordic flavours to the customers of our Hong Kong route from Asia to Europe.”
Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than nine million passengers annually and connecting 17 cities in Asia and 3 cities in North America with more than 70 destinations in Europe. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, is the European launch customer of the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project.