This is the first (and at the time oft he video take only) Airbus A350-900 XWB commercially operated on the European continent. Just four days after ist delivery from Toulouse to Helsinki, we joined it on ist 10th revenue flight bound from Hamburg to Helsinki, which also marked the first ever Finnair A350 service from Germany to Finland. Seats recommended for enjoying the same view: 6A, 6L, 7A, 7L, 8A and 8L.
The Airbus A350 XWB is a family of long-range, twin-engine wide-body jet airliners developed by European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The A350 is the first Airbus with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer. Its variants seat 276 to 369 passengers in typical two-class seating layouts. The A350 is positioned as a successor to the A330 and A340, competing with Boeing's 787 and 777 series. The A350 was originally conceived in 2004 with new aerodynamics and engines while having a fuselage based on the A330. This was rejected by some prospective customers. In 2006, Airbus redesigned the aircraft and renamed it the A350 XWB (extra wide body). The launch customer for the A350 is Qatar Airways, which ordered 80 aircraft of all three variants. Development costs are projected to be €12 billion (US$15 billion or £10 billion). As of December 2013, Airbus had received orders for 812 aircraft from 39 customers around the globe. The prototype A350 first flew on 14 June 2013 from Toulouse, France. The A350 received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency in September 2014 and certification from the FAA two months later. The A350 entered service with Qatar Airways on 15 January 2015 with flight QR67 to Frankfurt.
Finnair is the flag carrier and largest airline of Finland, with its headquarters in Vantaa and its main hub at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Finnair and its subsidiaries dominate both domestic and international air travel in Finland. Its major shareholder is the government of Finland, with 55.8% of the shares. Finnair is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance. In 2013, it transported 9.2 million passengers to over 60 European and 13 Asian destinations. As of March 2014, the airline employed 5,473 people.
Finnair is the fifth oldest airline in the world with uninterrupted existence. With no fatal or hull-loss accidents since 1963, Finnair is consistently on the list of safest airlines in the world (#3 in 2014).