Helsinki - Finnair gets prepared to place an order for twenty to thirty narrowbody aircraft. The goal is the long-term fleet replacement, Air Transport World reports.

Finnair CEO Pekka Vauram said that the issue is still internally discussed and the company will come up with a decision by the end of this year.

According to ch-aviation data, the narrowbody fleet of Finland's flag carrier consists of eight A319-100s (with an average age of 16.9 years), ten A320s (15.6 years), and eighteen A321s (7.1 years). Overall fleet age is older than ten years. Finnair will receive only one new narrowbody aircraft in 2018, an A321.

While they still have some more years of operation, Finnair is ultimately looking to modernize the fleet and obtain more aircraft for further growth,
said the CEO Pekka Vauram.

The boss of the Nordic carrier estimates the likely need at least 20 aircraft for replacements, and then more narrowbody depending on Finnair’s growth plans beyond 2023. But those numbers are not certain and may vary after the analysis, he adds.

The initial analysis will be done this year, and then the commercial negotiations will begin,
Vauramo said.

The CEO did not comment on the timing of the order or deliveries since the company management currently evaluates it.

Last year, Finnair received seven A321 and four A350. This year, the airline will receive only two airliners. One A321 and one A350.