The first A350 for Singapore Airlines returning to Toulouse after a test flight.
source: CNASIA 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.
That leaves tiny Royal Brunei as the one that only ordered the 787.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).
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.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.
source: CNASIA 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.