Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Goodbye A340


We've seen a raft of airlines retiring certain aircraft types over the last few months, this last week has been no exception. This occasion it was the turn of Finnair saying a final farewell and Näkemiin to the four-engines long-haul classy lady, the Airbus A340.

The A340 has enjoyed a long history with the Finnish carrier and allowed them to open up log routes to Asia and whilst the A340 carries a larger load than its twin-engine sister aircraft A330, it also consumes more fuel and therefore is more expensive to operate.

Finnair has now given up all the seven of its A340-300 aeroplanes it had in its fleet and now been replaced with the new sexy sleek and shiny A350. Finnair has ordered a total of 19 of the new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft from the European manufacturer and so far has taken delivery of 11 aircraft.

Finnair’s last A340 aircraft (LQE) swayed its white wings as a goodbye when it took off towards its new home Tarbes and back to Airbus’s ownership. A special thank you celebration was held for the employees to mark the occasion and the retirement of the beauty. 

It is, in the words of Finnair, the end of an era. 

An End Of Era farewell video follows. -







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