I first wrote about Finnair’s new A350 in August of last year. This plane signifies a refresh for Finnair’s longhaul fleet, as they have 11 firm A350 orders, with options for another eight. Not only will this presumably fuel growth in their route network, but perhaps most exciting is that the A350 will also feature a new business class product.
Specifically, Finnair has gone with a reverse herringbone seat for their A350, which is my favorite business class hard product out there.
Finnair is part of oneworld, so flying with them is a great use of American AAdvantage miles.
As pointed out by a reader in the “Ask Lucky” forum, Finnair is currently taking delivery of their first A350, and regularly scheduled longhaul service on the plane will begin in late October, with the launch route being Helsinki to Shanghai.
However, as is the norm when airlines take delivery of a new plane, Finnair will first be “testing” the A350 on some shorter routes. This is so that they can familiarize their crews with the plane, and work out any kinks before it starts longhaul service. Finnair’s dedicated A350 website has the schedule for the test flights for the new plane, as it’ll be flying all over Europe. As usual, the schedule is subject to change, so I wouldn’t 100% count on it sticking.
But in the meantime, here are the routes that the A350 is scheduled to fly prior to the October 25 Helsinki to Shanghai launch:
|Helsinki–Rovaniemi||05 Oct 2015||AY421|
|Rovaniemi–Helsinki||05 Oct 2015||AY428|
|Helsinki–Oulu||05 Oct 2015||AY369|
|Oulu–Helsinki||05 Oct 2015||AY370|
|Helsinki–London||06 Oct 2015||AY831|
|London–Helsinki||06 Oct 2015||AY840|
|Helsinki–Frankfurt||07 Oct 2015||AY821|
|Frankfurt–Helsinki||07 Oct 2015||AY822|
|Helsinki–Stockholm (Arlanda)||07 Oct 2015||AY645|
|Stockholm (Arlanda)–Helsinki||07 Oct 2015||AY650|
|Helsinki–Paris||08 Oct 2015||AY871|
|Paris–Helsinki||08 Oct 2015||AY890|
|Helsinki–Copenhagen||08 Oct 2015||AY667|
|Copenhagen–Helsinki||08 Oct 2015||AY668|
|Helsinki–Amsterdam||09 Oct 2015||AY841|
|Amsterdam–Helsinki||09 Oct 2015||AY842|
|Helsinki–Oslo||09 Oct 2015||AY659|
|Oslo–Helsinki||09 Oct 2015||AY660|
|Helsinki–Barcelona||10 Oct 2015||AY3271|
|Barcelona–Helsinki||10 Oct 2015||AY3270|
|Helsinki–Málaga||10 Oct 2015||AY737|
|Málaga–Helsinki||11 Oct 2015||AY738|
|Helsinki–Hamburg||11 Oct 2015||AY851|
|Hamburg–Helsinki||11 Oct 2015||AY852|
|Helsinki–Barcelona||11 Oct 2015||AY3269|
|Barcelona–Helsinki||11 Oct 2015||AY3272|
|Helsinki–Brussels||12 Oct 2015||AY811|
|Brussels–Helsinki||12 Oct 2015||AY812|
|Helsinki–Málaga||12 Oct 2015||AY737|
|Málaga–Helsinki||12 Oct 2015||AY738|
|Helsinki–Berlin||13 Oct 2015||AY911|
|Berlin–Helsinki||13 Oct 2015||AY912|
|Helsinki–Gothenburg||13 Oct 2015||AY677|
|Gothenburg–Helsinki||13 Oct 2015||AY674|
|Helsinki–Düsseldorf||14 Oct 2015||AY703|
|Düsseldorf–Helsinki||14 Oct 2015||AY704|
|Helsinki–Vienna||14 Oct 2015||AY767|
|Vienna–Helsinki||14 Oct 2015||AY768|
|Helsinki–Munich||15 Oct 2015||AY803|
|Munich–Helsinki||15 Oct 2015||AY804|
|Helsinki–London||15 Oct 2015||AY995|
|London–Helsinki||15 Oct 2015||AY996|
|Helsinki–Brussels||16 Oct 2015||AY811|
|Brussels–Helsinki||16 Oct 2015||AY812|
|Helsinki–London||16 Oct 2015||AY995|
|London–Helsinki||16 Oct 2015||AY996|
|Helsinki–Barcelona||17 Oct 2015||AY3271|
|Barcelona–Helsinki||17 Oct 2015||AY3270|
|Helsinki–Málaga||17 Oct 2015||AY737|
|Málaga–Helsinki||17 Oct 2015||AY738|
|Helsinki–Copenhagen||18 Oct 2015||AY661|
|Copenhagen–Helsinki||18 Oct 2015||AY666|
|Helsinki–Barcelona||18 Oct 2015||AY3269|
|Barcelona–Helsinki||18 Oct 2015||AY3272|
For the most part award availability is wide open on these flights, so this is an awesome opportunity to get a sneak peek at Finnair’s new business class. Ordinarily intra-Europe business class is simply economy with a blocked middle seat and better service, so getting a reverse herringbone seat will be a huge upgrade.
If I’m in Europe in October I’ll certainly go out of my way to try and get on one of these flights.
Do you plan on taking one of Finnair’s intra-Europe A350 flights?