Singapore Airlines’ first A350-900 Medium Haul Aircraft landed in Adelaide at breakfast time on 18th December 2018. The inaugural flight SQ279 left Singapore at 11.34pm local time on 17 December, pulling up to the terminal in Adelaide at 8.15am. The return flight, SQ278, departed Adelaide at 10.45am local time to arrive in Singapore at 3.30pm.
First A350-900, new cabin products
The new Economy Class seats, designed and manufactured by RECARO, offer customers an enhanced in-flight experience. Each seat features an ergonomically-designed contour backrest offering greater relaxation, with the foldable wings in the six-way adjustable headrest providing more neck support.
The seats are also fitted with personal 11.6” full high-definition touchscreen monitors offering an enhanced entertainment experience. Economy Class customers enjoy storage space for small personal items, a coat hook, USB port and in-seat power supply.
The A350-900 medium haul aircraft are fitted with the latest Thales AVANT in-flight entertainment system, the first in SIA’s fleet. The system is designed with a new user interface offering a more intuitive experience and navigation options. This gives customers access to Singapore Airlines’ myKrisWorld and its large selection of over 1,800 movies, TV shows, audio programmes and games.
Customers can receive personalised content recommendations based on their preferences and viewing history and KrisFlyer members can bookmark and resume content. They can also customise and save preferences and playlists for subsequent flights. KrisFlyer members and Business Class customers also have access to additional in-flight entertainment content choices.
Customers will have access to high-speed in-flight WiFi service on the new A350-900s. These aircraft are equipped with Inmarsat GX Aviation’s broadband connectivity system offered through SITAONAIR.
After Adelaide, the A350-900 medium haul aircraft will be deployed to Brisbane from 7th January 2019, subject to regulatory approval.
The A350-900 features higher ceilings, larger windows and an extra wide body offering more space and comfort. The lighting has been designed to reduce jetlag.
Of the total of 67 Airbus A350-900 aircraft SIA has ordered, 30 are already in the fleet. These include seven ultra-long-range variants, 21 long-haul variants, and two medium-haul variants.