After spending the last couple of months making crew training flights between Singapore and nearby destinations Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Jakarta, Singapore Airlines’ first A350-900 landed safely in Amsterdam on 10th May 2016 after its first long-haul flight.
Passengers on flight SQ324 were treated to a special boarding gate supper event before they took off just before midnight on the 9th May 2016, carrying with them a special gift – a goodie bag containing a commemorative certificate, a 1:400 Singapore Airlines A350 aircraft model and an A350 postcard set.
The nearly thirteen hour flight was made more enjoyable for passengers in all cabin classes were treated to champagne, before being greeted by a welcome ceremony upon arrival at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport at 6:45am local time on 10th May.
Singapore Airlines took delivery of its first A350-900 on 2nd March 2016 from the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse. It now has two in its fleet, with another 65 on firm order.
What’s special about the A350?
The initial batch of A350s will be fitted with 253 seats in three classes, seating 42 customers in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy Class and 187 in Economy Class.
This latest addition to the Airline’s fleet will offer customers an improved travelling experience thanks to the much vaunted advanced technology and superior operating efficiency, offering such passenger friendly features as higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting designed to reduce jetlag.
The A350 will form a key part of the Airline’s fleet in the years ahead, allowing for the introduction of new destinations including Dusseldorf, due to start in July, as well as providing a boost in connectivity to and through the Singapore hub.