MIAMI — Starting next June 27, Johannesburg will become the second long-haul destination in Singapore Airlines’ route network to be served by the airline’s Airbus A350-900s.
The A350 will initially be serving the daily flight on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, replacing the Boeing 777-200ER service. The frequency of the new aircraft will be progressively increased as more A350s join the fleet, and it will include the four weekly flights that continue to Cape Town.
Singapore Airlines features exclusively wide-body aircraft from four family aircraft types: the Boeing 777, Airbus A330, Airbus A350 and the Airbus A380. Interestingly, the carrier is now an operator of the complete Airbus widebody family.
The first A350s for Singapore Airlines are being fitted with a three-class layout with 253 seats, comprising 42 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy and 187 Economy. Last March, the airline took delivery of its first aircraft, which was deployed in short-haul legs between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and Jakarta, in crew familiarization flights, before deploying it to Amsterdam earlier this month. The aircraft will also be used on flights to Dusseldorf in July.
Singapore Airlines currently has two A350-900s in service and another 65 on firm order.