Comfort in the cabin


The air quality onboard an aircraft is crucial to passenger wellbeing. Great air quality is one of the special goodies offered by the new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, the first four of which will join Finnair’s fleet for their inaugural flights this autumn.

Advanced filtering systems and a complete change of cabin air every two to three minutes ensure comfort and health for all passengers. Precise air management provides a draft-free environment, homogeneous temperature and multiple temperature zones that can be adjusted individually.

According to Airbus, the lower cabin pressure of 6,000 feet cabin altitude provides for increased wellbeing throughout the entire flight.

Focus on wellbeing

Cabin altitude, temperature, humidity, and other environmental parameters have a combined effect on passenger health and comfort. To raise the bar in cabin comfort, Airbus and its partners are working closely with the world’s leading research institutes to apply the latest scientific findings in fine-tuning the aircraft design.

“For example, the lower cabin pressure in the A350 is likely to be appreciated by our customers, as most of them live fairly close to mean sea level. But what’s more important, Airbus has refined the software algorithms controlling the pressurization systems. The cabin altitude changes more smoothly than the aircraft’s climb or descent rate. This has a significant impact on passenger comfort,” says Miika Haatio, Finnair’s head of Fleet Engineering.

Designing software that can calculate changes in cabin climate and react rapidly has been a huge technical challenge. In air management, for example, air gets drier with increasing exclusivity because the moisture level depends on passenger density.

Finnair is the first European airline to introduce the next-generation Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

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Text by Jorma Leppänen
Photo by Finnair

This article was originally published in Finnair's Blue Wings magazine (September 2015).



Published August 26, 2015

Category: Environment, Finnair Cargo