PICTURES: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first Airbus A350
March 04, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Singapore Airlines' first A350 9V-SMA arrives at Singapore Changi Airport on its delivery flight from Toulouse on 3 March. © Aaron Yan / The Occasional Spotters
Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 on 3 March, becoming the fifth operator of the airliner after Qatar Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Finnair and TAM. The aircraft — registered 9V-SMA (MSN 26) — is the first of 67 A350s on order by the airline. The type is poised to replace its 32 leased Airbus A330s and 29 Boeing 777-200ERs, and will form the mainstay of its future fleet. Seven of these will be the longer-ranged A350-900ULR variant which will allow Singapore Airlines to re-start its non-stop Singapore-US flights. These ended in 2013 with the withdrawal of the Airbus A340-500s which had proven to be uneconomical to operate.
Singapore Airline's A350 are configured in a premium three class layout with 253 seats — comprising 42 in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy and 187 in Economy. Revenue services will commence to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta for crew instruction prior to the deployment on longer haul flights to Amsterdam and then Dusseldorf, beginning from May 2016.
A350 deliveries to Singapore Airlines will come thick and fast; the airline will have 11 in its fleet by year's end.
9V-SMA is given a water-cannon salute as it rolls into Changi's Terminal 3 for a grand welcome © Aaron Yan / The Occasional Spotters
9V-SMA is configured to sit 42 in Business class in two cabins © Roy Choo
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