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The first A350 for Singapore Airlines returning to Toulouse after a test flight.
 

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News from CNA on SIA's first A350. You can read the full article in the source link below.

SIA collects first Airbus A350-900 plane on Thursday
By Dawn Karen Tan, Channel NewsAsia
Posted 01 Mar 2016 18:15
Updated 01 Mar 2016 18:22


The new model is said to be about 20 per cent more fuel efficient than existing models, and could help Singapore Airlines save costs amid heating competition with Gulf carriers.
source: CNA
 

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The year is starting great order-wise for the A350 with already 2 commitments (Iran Air and Philippine Airlines) and more in the pipeline (Virgin Atlantic...). It's also interesting to see that the a350-1000 is getting some orders as the orders for that variant have been quite dry since the launch of the 777-9X.

This order also confirm a preference for the A350 over the 787 in Southeast Asia. All flag carriers have opted for either a slit order between the a350 and the 787 (Vietnam Airlines, Garuda, Thai) or for the a350 solely (Singapore Airlines, Malaysia and now Phillipine Airlines).
That leaves tiny Royal Brunei as the one that only ordered the 787.
 

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^^ Garuda is still undecided, they have LOIs for both the 787 and A350, but recently they revealed that they will only pick one of them. And that decision has been delayed by their recent conversion of their remaining A330ceo on order to the A330neo (+ some extra). Also considering the slow speed of their ambitions for the long haul destinations (Europe & US) they might not need anything more then their still young 777-300ERs for now.
 

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My bad. Haven't read through completely, just scanned the most important info. Well in that case, 777-9 still has a slightly higher capacity and stretch. Plus we'll be seeing the 777Xs flying in 3-4 years hopefully and by that time they might receive more orders/customers so even if Airbus does plan an A350-1100, they still have some way to go. Undoubtedly the 777X will be one of the most awesome aircraft out there.
The 777-9 will have a significant advantage over the A350-1100 in payload/range performance, but the A350-1100 will be lighter and have lower operating costs for the missions that it can perform.
 

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News from CNA. You can read the full article in the source link below.

SIA takes delivery of first Airbus A350-900
Posted 02 Mar 2016 19:51
Updated 02 Mar 2016 20:00


“The addition of the A350-900 exemplifies Singapore Airlines’ longstanding commitment to operate a young and modern fleet,” says SIA CEO Goh Choon Phong.
source: CNA
 

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OK so last year the production rate was a bit north of 1 a month and they more or less made it maybe a frame short and with lots of glaring at Zodiac over late cabin furniture fitouts.

What is the planned monthly rate this year anyone???
 
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