Welcome to Helsinki Airport, Airbus A350!

Helsinki Airport is the first European airport to be the home airport of the Airbus A350 XWB.

The aircraft, with almost 300 seats, will arrive at Helsinki Airport for the first time 7 October, 2015. The flight AY1350 is estimated to land to Helsinki Airport's runway 04R. The new estimated time of arrival is 6:05 PM.

Airport ready for the new aircraft

When a new type of aircraft arrives at Helsinki Airport, the airport first inspects aircraft parking spots and the suitability of passenger bridges.

"The parking of all aircraft must abide by the safety rules. Many aspects, such as the minimum distance between the aircraft engine and the passenger bridge, are specified carefully", says Heini Noronen-Juhola, deputy director of Helsinki Airport at Finavia.

Some renovation has been done on the two oldest passenger bridges at Helsinki Airport, but otherwise the airport has already been ready for the A350 for quite some time. The renovation was completed in summer 2015.

Finnair's first Airbus A350 XWB will land at Helsinki Airport 7 October, 2015.

Runway used for landing

The runway used for A350 landing is likely to be runway 04R, more commonly known as runway 1. The plane will land from southwest. The landing can be seen well from the airport's scenic terrace.

The front side of the landing plane can be seen from Sammonmäki, in the crossroads of Puusepäntie and Kulomäentie.

If the flight is late, the runway used for landing might change.

For general information about Helsinki Airport aircraft viewing and spotting locations, see here.

Finavia kindly requests that people coming to watch the aircraft landing park according to the applicable traffic rules so as to avoid traffic jams near the viewing locations.

From Helsinki to six long-distance destinations

According to Finnair, the Airbus A350 XWB will go on its first commercial flights on 9 October, to Amsterdam and Oslo. The first flight to the Far East will take place from Helsinki Airport to Shanghai on 21 November.

Long-distance destinations of the Airbus A350 XWB:

  • Shanghai
  • Beijing
  • Bangkok
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • New York

Finnair has announced the introduction dates of the first five A350 XWB aircraft for 2015–2016. Flight tickets are available for sale on the Finnair website.

The A350 visited Helsinki Airport in summer 2014

The Airbus A350 visited Helsinki Airport in August 2014. The world's largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, has visited the airport a couple of times in the last few years.

"As long as we maintain the airport well at all times and keep up with progress, new types of aircraft will not cause any major challenges or modification needs. All operations, including rescue readiness, are up to date", says Ms. Noronen-Juhola.

The arrival of the Airbus A350 was celebrated at Helsinki Airport with a water salute. The aircraft visited the airport in August 2014.

Towards 20 million passengers

Finavia is implementing a massive development programme at Helsinki Airport with the goal of preparing the airport to serve 20 million passengers a year in 2020. The development procsess can be followed here.

Airbus A350 XWB activity from Helsinki Airport will give a boost to the airport's development as an international transit airport.

"The arrival of this type of aircraft indicates in practical terms that we are ready to receive new, large types of aircraft", says Ms. Noronen-Juhola.

Helsinki Airport

Did you know?

  • The Airbus A350 XWB is more than 66 metres long and over 17 metres tall.
  • Its wingspan is more than 64 metres.
  • The A350's fuel efficiency is 25% higher than aircraft of the previous generation.
  • The cabin air is changed every two to three minutes.
  • Finnair's Airbus A350 has 297 seats in total.
  • The lighting in the aircraft alters according to the time of day.