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Airbus to Swap Finnair's Zodiac Seats Amid A350 Quality Concerns

  • Carrier has orders for 19 planes, with nine already in service
  • Airline’s CEO says he’s also mulling order of smaller aircraft
Pekka Vauramo, chief executive officer of Finnair Oyj. Photographer: Henrik Kettunen/Bloomberg

Pekka Vauramo, chief executive officer of Finnair Oyj. Photographer: Henrik Kettunen/Bloomberg

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Airbus SE will refit Zodiac Aerospace seats on all of Finnair Oyj’s A350 wide-body jetliners because of quality issues, said the airline’s chief executive officer, Pekka Vauramo.

Entire business-class berths must be replaced on the nine A350s that Finnair has in operation, Vauramo said in an interview at the International Air Transport Association’s annual meeting in Cancun, Mexico. The changes will be timed to coincide with a major maintenance round due at the end of this year.