Singapore Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 arrived in Singapore this morning from the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse.
The aircraft’s arrival was celebrated with a spectacular water cannon salute (above) and a ceremony graced by Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Mr Khaw Boon Wan.
Mr Khaw was then invited to tour the new aircraft (below), along with guests and members of the media. Nineteen children from the Metta School were also invited to the event, and they got to experience sitting in the cabin and playing with KrisWorld, the inflight entertainment system.
“The A350 is a key element in our overall capacity growth and fleet renewal strategy. Its improved operating efficiency offers us the opportunity to open up even more new routes, providing more travel options to our customers,” Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong, said at the ceremony.
Singapore Airlines has 67 A350s on order, the first of which will go into service soon. It will be deployed on long-haul services to Amsterdam from May, and Dusseldorf from July. More A350 destinations will be announced through the course of this year.
Watch a video of the water cannon salute below: