Airlines will take delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 in January/2016 with
Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Amsterdam chosen as 1st routes for the
The Star Alliance member and Virgin
Australia partner revealed its plans for the A350 during a media briefing at
Airbus headquarters in Toulouse.
Inaugural A350 commercial services
will make short hops from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta for the
purposes of crew familiarisation with the all-new aircraft through to April,
before spreading its wings onto the 13 hour Singapore-Amsterdam route.
The airline expects to have at least 3
A350 jets in its fleet by April and 11 by years' end, out of a total of 63
orders and a further 20 options up its sleeve.
The A350 would give Singapore Airlines
the “potential to open new routes, enhancing our network and further
strengthening the Singapore hub" said Singapore Airlines' SVP Marketing
Planning, Ms Lee Wen Fen.
All pictures. Source: Australian Business Traveller
Based on the
article “Singapore Airlines to fly Airbus A350 to Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur,
Jakarta” published in Australian Business Traveller.
range version of the new Airbus A350 could fly for up to 19 hours, ushering in
a new wave of non-stop flights, although they could also challenge passengers'
Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier said that
his company is running the numbers on the long-legged jet, which would be based
on the A350-900 and has been dubbed the 'A350-900LR'.
"We are studying it, we are not
developing it" Brégier qualified, when asked about this latest skew
on the A350 family during a press briefing in Toulouse.
the A350 would be capable of what we call ultra-long range missions, flights of
18 or 19 hours, with some limited modifications" Brégier said.
"It's a niche market," Brégier
added, saying the A350-900LR would add to the overall appeal of the A350
line-up, which from mid-2017 will include the larger A350-1000.
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see customers who want the versatility of the family, so if they want
to try long range we can also offer that."
The 900LR variant would see additional
fuel tanks added to the A350-900 to boost its range.
Source: Jujug Spotting
executive vice president for strategy and marketing, Kiran Rao, recently
suggested the A350-900LR would carry fewer passengers, saying "I can’t go
into details on the type of layouts they’re looking at but it would be a
Singapore Airlines has
been lobbying both Airbus and Boeing for a globe-spanning jet, which would
allow it to resume non-stop flights between Singapore and the USA, potentially
including a 19 hour trek to New York.
The airline previously ran ‘all
business class’ flights to Los Angeles and NY-adjacent Newark on the older
four-engined Airbus A340 but axed the service in 2013 due to the rising
on the article “'Ultra long range' Airbus A350 will mean non-stop 19 hour
flights” published in Australian Business Traveller
Airbus expects the first test flight of the A350-1000 by the
end of 2016, with delivery to worldwide launch customer Qatar Airways the
"The A350-1000 is progressing very well, everything is
on track" said Marisa Lucas-Ugena, Airbus' Head of A350 Marketing, with
handover of the first jet launch customer Qatar Airways "in the second
half of 2017."
That plane will feature the Gulf airline's new 'business
class bedroom', which Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker touts as offering "a double
bed at a business class fare."
A larger and longer-range sibling to the A350-900, the ‘dash
1000’ will seat an estimated 350 passengers in a standard 3-class layout
(assuming business class, premium economy and economy) compared to around 310
on the smaller A350-900.
Based on the article “Airbus A350-1000 "on
schedule" for late 2017 debut with Qatar” published in Australian Business
Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam has divulged the airline’s intention of
placing orders for the 777X.
Airlines is expected to place an order for 15 to 20 Boeing 777Xs by the end of
to Wall Street Journal,
the East African airline’s reported order consideration is worth around $7.4
billion at catalog price.
this order special is that the carrier first deliberated on purchasing A350-1000
planes but had a change of mind to go with Boeing 777X.
The reason? The
airline CEO said the 777X’s structure and performance would suit its operations
better at its high-altitude hub in Addis Ababa.
regional director of the Americas, Nigusu Worku Wordofa, said, "It's good
to have different types of aircraft. It gives us flexibility. However Boeing
and Ethiopian have been in business for 7 decades; we have a very bright future
and will continue buying Boeing airplanes."
scheduled to take delivery of its first of 12 A350-900 ordered in 2016.
The airline -Africa's
largest carrier- has also 11 Boeing 787 in service and an orderbook of 2
additional 787s and 4 777s. In July/2013, a 787-8 from Ethiopian catched fire
Based on the artice “Boeing 777X Nears an Order Win
Over Airbus A350” published in Guru Focus
This is the 7th aircraft delivered to Customers: Qatar Airways (4), Vietnam Airlines (2) and now Finnair (1).
The A350 XWB European launch customer has 19 of the type on firm order, to be received from 2015-2023, and has become the 3rd carrier after Qatar Airways and Vietnam Airlines to operate the A350 XWB.
is configured in a premium three-class layout, with 297 seats, comprising 46
Business Class, 43 Economy Comfort and 208 Economy.
commence commercial services with the A350 XWB inmediately, with a European
tour starting at Amsterdam and Oslo on 9/October.
on the 21/November, non-stop long-haul A350 XWB flights will start from
Helsinki to Shanghai.
will join the airline’s all-Airbus fleet of 45 aircraft in operation, today
comprising 30 A320 Family aircraft and 15 A330/A340s.
has enjoyed a long and prosperous working relationship with Airbus and the A350
takes our cooperation to another level.“
aircraft is the future of flying and will give our passengers a completely new
and enhanced travel experience," said Finnair CEO, Pekka Vauramo.
closely with Airbus, Finnair had been preparing the handover for 10 years.
heralds an exciting chapter in our history,” CEO Pekka Vauramo said. “The A350
XWB is the future of flying. This is the moment we have been waiting for.”
Airbus, we're proud and delighted to see Finnair, one of the world’s
longest-standing and most respected airlines, become the first European carrier
to fly the A350 XWB,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.
XWB's unrivalled fuel efficiency and passenger comfort make it the perfect
aircraft to spearhead Finnair's Asian expansion."
our 2 companies are becoming even stronger,” commented Fabrice Brégier. “I must
thank Finnair for giving the A350 XWB such firm support.”
President - Civil Large Engines, Rolls-Royce, said: “We are very proud to be
with Finnair and Airbus today to mark another chapter in the A350 XWB story.”
“The Trent XWB
exemplifies how we take the best in technology to deliver new standards of
excellence. Today marks the start of a new era in our relationship with Finnair
and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”
became the first to commit to the type in 2007 with an order for 19
will form the backbone of Finnair’s long-haul fleet at a time of strategic
importance for the airline. It has ambitious plans to double passenger numbers
to Asia by 2020, making Helsinki Europe’s gateway to the Far East.
“This is the beginning of a new era for
Finnair,” said Maija Ignatius, Finnair’s A350 XWB Chief Purser.
is new and rethought for modern flying. I believe passengers can sense the
excitement and pride as we work in the new airplane.
to call the A350 XWB my work place. The experience of flying will be redefined!”
Qatar Airways Airbus A350, MSN42 currently in the FAL in Toulouse, has been equipped
with Inmarsat Global Xpress inflight connectivity, the carrier’s GX integrator
and value added reseller Thales confirms.
the airline is still deciding on a service provider.
Experience CEO Dominique Giannoni said, “We are on time in terms of
installations; the first has been installed on the A350 frame and we are
continuing our testing with Inmarsat and terminal unit provider Honeywell.”
Though Thales now has
the infrastructure to support Qatar Airways as service provider for the program
Giannoni revealed that a final decision has not yet been made by the airline.
All pictures. Source: Oliver Louis
on the article “Qatar faces user experience decisions as A350s get fitted with
GX” published in Runway Girl Network.