Singapore Airlines first A350-900 has taken off on its maiden flight in Toulouse, bringing us one step closer to seeing this beauty in service.
The aircraft now enters the final phase of production, which will include further ground checks and test flights, before its delivery in the coming weeks.
The airline has ordered 67 A350-900s which will be operating long-range flights, and selected regional services.
“We are very much looking forward to the arrival of the new A350s which will be fitted with our newest-generation cabin products, providing more comfort to our customers. This includes new Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats, and the world’s most advanced in-flight entertainment system,” said Senior Vice President Marketing Planning, Ms Lee Wen Fen.
“Our investment in the A350s is in line with Singapore Airlines’ longstanding commitment to operate a young and modern fleet. The highly efficient new aircraft will offer us the potential to open new routes, enhancing our network and further strengthening the Singapore hub.”
Singapore Airlines expects to take delivery of 11 A350-900s in the aircraft’s first year of operation. In addition to the 63 firm orders, the Airline has purchase options for 20 additional A350s.
Seven of the airlines A350XWB aircraft on order will be ultra-long range aircraft which can fly for up to 19 hours, and will let Singapore Airlines resume non-stop flights to the US and regain its world’s longest flight record with previously announced flights between New York and Singapore.