Finnair wants two A350s earlier than planned
Helsinki - Finnair seems to make a good choice by expanding its network toward Asia. Because the flights to destinations in Asia and far-east are doing well, Finnair wants deliveries of the two Airbus A350-900 ordered earlier than originally planned.
The strategy of accelerated growth and fleet renewal has improved our business in recent years,said the CEO Pekka Vauramo on March 20 in Helsinki.
We have therefore decided to take the possession of two A350 earlier than the previously agreed delivery dates,he added.
Last month, Finnair announced that it would prefer to slide a delivery from 2023 to 2019, and another from 2022 to 2020.
Delta had postponed ten A350 deliveries from 2019 and 2020 by two to three years last year, and this situation makes early deliveries possible for Finnish flag carrier.
Finnair was able to triple its operating profit in 2017 to 170 million euros. The airline carried 11.9 million passengers in the same period through its network. This year, Vauramo aims to double Asia traffic and reach the threshold of 20 million passengers by 2030.
To avoid capacity shortage in the summer, Finnair leases an Airbus A320 from the wet lease service provider GetJet.
Finnair, the first European operator of the A350, expects to include 19 aircraft in its fleet by 2022.