Singapore Airlines Takes Delivery Of Airbus A350

Singapore Airlines has opened a new chapter to its long-haul flying with the delivery of the Airbus A350-900, its first of 67 jets on order. Arriving in Changi Airport this morning following a nonstop flight from the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France, the aircraft was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute at its new homebase by invited guests, airline and airport executives.


Outfitted with a 3-class configuration, there are 42 Business, 24 Premium Economy and 187 Economy Class seats onboard. Nearly identical to that found on its Boeing 777-300ER fleet, the Business Class seats are arranged in a four-abreast, 1-2-1 configuration and spread across 2 cabins, offering an 18-inch LCD monitor, vanity mirror, a business panel consisting of a full suite of connectivity ports, stowage space and reading light. Notably, there are no overhead storage compartments along the centre aisles to make for a more spacious cabin.


Immediately behind is a small Premium Economy cabin featuring just 24 seats in a 2-4-2 layout. Although seat width at 18.5 inches is almost identical to the B777-300ERs, the seat itself is of a slightly modified design. Singapore Airlines had opted for a comfortable 9-abreast Economy Class cabin, with different coloured seats, adjustable leather headrests, touchscreen inflight entertainment monitors and a generous seat pitch.


The award-winning Krisworld inflight entertainment system will be available in its latest iteration. A new mobile companion application provides passengers with the ability to choose content prior to their flights for a more personalised experience, connecting their mobile devices with the system and using it as a control interface. Inflight wi-fi is also available, with the A350 debuting a faster connectivity service by Panasonic Avionics.


Singapore Airlines’ A350 will enter service later this week with regional flights to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta for training and crew familiarization. From 8 May 2016, the jet will embark on daily services to Amsterdam, with Düsseldorf to follow shortly. The airline has also ordered an ultra-long range version of the jet, which it intends to use to restart nonstop flights from Singapore to Los Angeles and New York.


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