Since the A350 is a quite new aircraft and this flight was special, I have decided to translate my report initially written in French to share it with the english readers of Flight report.
After a short night at the Airport Hilton and a 5 minutes walk to the terminal, I am ready for my first flight on board an Airbus A 350. It will be the first and only time Finnair will fly this aircraft to Paris so you can guess that I am very exited about it.
I already have printed by boarding pass so I don't need to stop at the counters or the machine. A display is promoting the brand new A 350.
A large old fashioned flight display screen is placed over the security area. I pass through the priority security checks in less than 2 minutes.
I head towards the European and domestic flights lounge which is located on the top of this staircase.
I am welcomed by a smiling staff member. There are not yet too many people so I take this opportunity to go around the lounge and take pictures. It's not very big but divided in several zones with different settings ( work, relax etc.). It's typical nordic design and I like it.
There is all you need for breakfast both hot and cold choices.
With a warm coffee in a typical Marimekko mug and my plate filled with breakfast my day can really start !
For those who want Italian Proseco is already on offer.
Free wifi is available and iI check flight-report. What else ?
It's soon time to head to the gate
Boarding is under way but I take some time to admire the aircraft.
The Airbus 350 easily recognizable with it's typical mask on the cockpit windows.
Flight attendants greet warmly passengers at the door and wear a hat that reminds me of vintage hostesses uniforms.
I turn left to my seat in 7A. A blue mood lighting gives a nice touch to the cabin.
I will show you my seat and surroundings later on but for now take you on a tour around this brand new aircraft.
The first business and second class cabins are separated by a galley that is elegantly hidden by a decorated blind.
The second cabin is smaller than the first.
Then is the economy class (quite full on this flight) in a 3X3X3 layout. The first rows are for economy plus passengers and a better legroom as well a comfort kit are available for it's passengers.
The individual in flight entertainment screen is large and modern.
At the very rear of the plane is a huge galley and another one is located just behind the cockpit door.
When I go back to my seat a very nice flight attendant offers me a pre departure drink. I must say that during the flight the cabin crew was really great.
I choose an orange juice : Champagne will be for breakfast !
A welcome message is displayed on the big and high definition screens.
I select my langage among a wide choice and set my screen on the aircraft camera.
The day breaks up and no doubt we are in Helsinki , home of Finnair.
A security video is show while flight attendants point the exits.
We are now on our way to the runway.
Take off !
Bye bye Helsinki
The mood lightning is now brighter but yet soft , perfect for the time of the day. This Cirus seat is very comfortable and can be converted to a full flight bed by pressing a button.
The central seat are set 2 by 2 and perfect for couples, friends or colleagues travelling together.
A little set up is done to show the amenities offered on long haul service.The colors complement well the neutral cabin and are very nice.
Bathrooms are well decorated and one is dedicated for women.
The chief purser and a flight attendant take the pose and confirm that they love working on this spanking new aircraft.
I have not eaten for at least an hour so it's now time for breakfast ! It consists of a warm salmon omelet with side spinach and a potatoe cake with cream : delicious ! A croisant, bread and a very good blueberry cake as well as a blueberry yogourt are also offered. For drinks I have another Orange juice and a Mimosa with Nicolas Feuillate Champagne . Hey it's Saturday and I am flying my first A 350. ;-)
Free wifi is available for business class passengers ( 15 euros in coach) and I take this opportunity to tweet in flight.
A very large window allows me to have a great view of Europe as we go down south.
On long haul flight a Bose headset is available . it's very good and keeps you from any conversations or noise in the cabin.
It's already time to land in CDG where a surprise is awaiting us. Fire trucks are ready to give us a water salute. My first from the inside of a plane.
A second good surprise is that we will be deplaning by stairs : a greta opportunity to see the aircraft and of course take more pictures.
Once in the terminal, where many passengers are taking pictures, I say goodbye to this beautiful aircraft
Thanks for reading me
Finnair Finnair Domestic Lounge
Helsinki - HEL
Paris - CDG
I loved flyig the Airbus A350 and Finanir had done a great job with it's new cabin that is comfortable and looks very fresh. i would not mind flying them on a long haul route to Asia!
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