If you’re anywhere near Singapore’s Changi Airport in the next few days watch for the new Singapore Airlines Airbus number 10,000 as it shows off it’s easily visible livery identifying it as the ten thousandth Airbus off the assembly line. The brand new Airbus A350-941, registered as 9V-SMF, is due to leave Toulouse in France at 1300 UTC (9 pm Singapore time) on Saturday 15th October, so if you can find a good spot, you should see it fly in to its new home base on Sunday morning a little before 9am local time.
If you can’t be there, the next best thing would be to track the flight using Flightradar 24 or another similar program, using the search criteria #Airbus10000. This link will take you to the Flightradar24 Facebook page and they’ll direct you to the current link.
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The new aircraft with the special “10,000th Airbus Aircraft” logo is the 6th A350 in the Singapore Airlines fleet and will be deployed on the non-stop flights between Singapore and San Francisco set to take off later this month. The other A350-900 aircraft are currently servicing the Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and Johannesburg routes, with more destinations to join the list as additional aircraft enter the fleet.
Since placing their first Airbus order (an A300B4) in 1979, the SIA Group has since operated aircraft from the full Airbus range, from the A300 through A310, A320, A330, A340 and A350 to the A380 for which Singapore Airlines was the launch customer in October 2007. The SIA Group currently flies planes from all of Airbus’ in-production aircraft and is Airbus’ largest customer of the A350-900 aircraft with a commitment of sixty-seven firm orders.
The relationship between Singapore Airlines and Airbus is further underscored with the airline’s status as launch customer for the ultra-long-range A350-900ULR variant which will be used for non-stop flights to New York and Los Angeles upon delivery, expected to begin in 2018.