Singapore Airlines Receives Sixth A350
17 October 2016
Singapore Airlines Receives Sixth A350 – The 10,000th Aircraft Airbus Has Delivered
Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of its sixth Airbus A350-900 – the 10,000th aircraft that Airbus has delivered.
The delivery milestone was
celebrated at a special ceremony in Toulouse on Friday
attended by Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong and
Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders.
Singapore Airlines’ sixth A350-900 features a special logo highlighting that it is the 10,000th aircraft delivered by Airbus.
“Singapore Airlines is honoured to be receiving the 10,000th aircraft that Airbus has delivered. Airbus aircraft have contributed greatly to Singapore Airlines’ successes over the decades, and we are proud to be sharing in this important milestone with our longstanding and trusted partner,” said Mr Goh.
“This delivery shows just how far Airbus has come over the decades. On behalf of the staff and management of Singapore Airlines, I would like to congratulate Airbus for reaching this incredible milestone.”
Added Mr Enders: “We are especially proud to celebrate this milestone with Singapore Airlines – one of our longest-standing customers and a true partner. The SIA Group operates aircraft from across our complete product line and with the highest levels of technical excellence. There is no better endorsement for our products and we thank the entire SIA Group for its ongoing confidence, partnership and support.”
Singapore Airlines placed its first order with Airbus in 1979, for the A300B4. The SIA Group has since operated aircraft from all of Airbus’ product lines – the A300, A310, A320, A330, A340, A350 and A380 families. The SIA Group currently operates aircraft from all of Airbus’ in-production product lines.
The A350-900 is the newest addition to the Singapore Airlines fleet. The airline is the largest A350-900 customer with commitments for 67 firm orders, including seven of the ultra-long-range A350-900ULR variant. Singapore Airlines is the launch customer for the A350-900ULR, for which deliveries will begin in 2018. The aircraft will be used to re-launch non-stop flights between Singapore and the US cities of New York and Los Angeles.
The A350-900 delivered has a special “10,000th Airbus Aircraft” logo and will be used to launch non-stop flights between Singapore and San Francisco later this month. Singapore Airlines’ first A350-900 went into service in March and the aircraft type is now being used for Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and Johannesburg flights, with more destinations to be added as additional aircraft enter the fleet.
Singapore Airlines and Airbus also have business
partnerships together. Earlier this year, Airbus and
subsidiary SIA Engineering Company signed an agreement to
form a joint-venture heavy maintenance facility in
Singapore. Last year, Singapore Airlines and Airbus jointly
launched Airbus Asia Training Centre, providing pilot
training on Airbus aircraft types in the Asia-Pacific