MIAMI — Singapore Airlines became the 5th member of the Airbus A350 club after taking delivery today of the first of 67 aircraft, in a special ceremony held today in the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse.
The event was attended by Singapore Airlines CEO, Goh Choon Phong, Airbus Executive Vice President Head of Programs, Didier Evrard, Rolls-Royce President – Civil Aerospace, Eric Schulz, as well as invited guests.
“The A350 will be a game-changer for us, allowing for flights to more long-haul destinations on a non-stop basis, which will help us boost our network competitiveness and further develop the important Singapore hub.” Goh said.
Last October, the airline announced an order for seven A350-900s of an ultra-long-range variant, for which Singapore Airlines will be the launch customer. These aircraft will enable the carrier to resume non-stop services from its hub at Changi airport to Los Angeles and Newark from 2018. Such routes were previously operated with Airbus A340-500s, but due to upscaling fuel costs and soft demand, these were finally put to an end in 2013.
The aircraft will initially be operated on flights to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta for crew training purposes, after which it will be used for long-haul flights to Amsterdam on May 9, and Dusseldorf a month later.
Singapore Airlines’ aircraft is configured in a premium three-class layout with 253 seats, comprising 42 seats in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy and 187 in Economy. According to Goh, the new products are the “latest-generation in-flight cabin products on the A350-900.”
Singapore Airlines features exclusively wide-body aircraft from four family aircraft types: Boeing 777, Airbus A380, Airbus A330 and Airbus A350. Interestingly, the carrier is now an operator of the complete Airbus widebody family.