With seven of their 63 firm orders of the Airbus A350-900 being upgraded to enter service as the ultra-long-range variant A350-900ULR, Singapore Airlines is well placed to restart their popular non-stop flights between Singapore and North America. The new ‘ultra-longs’ are due to start arriving in 2018 with the first flights going to Los Angeles and New York. This will make Singapore Airlines the launch customer for the new aircraft variant.
The resumption of flights to North America comes in response to customer demand, just two years after flew its final flight on the route New York/Singapore on the 9th October 2013 using an Airbus A340-541 aircraft.
The new planes will be fitted with the latest cabin products which are currently in development, in wider, quieter cabins. We’ll bring you details as and when these become available. Certainly, passengers will demand comfort and convenience if they are to be spending such a long time in the air – around 19 hours.
But first to Amsterdam…
The first of the ‘normal sized’ A350-900s is due for delivery to Singapore Airlines in January 2016 and will operate on selected Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur flights temporarily, for crew training purposes.
The first flight to Amsterdam is due to take off in April 2016 with more destinations for the new aircraft, with a balance of 58 in this variant on firm order, to be announced in the next few months.