Singapore Airlines has signed a contract with Airbus for twenty
A350-900 XWB aircraft, with options to purchase twenty additional
units, affirming the Letter of Intent signed and announced by the
parties in July last year.The A350 XWB is of entirely new design and is Airbus’ next
generation of twin-engine aircraft for medium to long haul
flights. Deliveries for the twenty aircraft are scheduled to
begin in 2013 and run through to 2015. At list prices, the value
of the twenty aircraft on firm order is US$3.7 billion, inclusive
of engines and spares.
The purchase of the A350-900 XWB exemplifies Singapore Airlines’
leverage on technological progress to improve operational
efficiency and environmental performance. The order will cater
for future growth, as well as maintain Singapore Airlines’ policy
of operating a young and modern fleet.
The A350-900 XWB has a range of 8,100 nautical miles (approx
15,000 kilometres). The range allows this aircraft to operate on
routes to continental Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Asia.
In the manufacturer’s three-class configuration, the A350-900 XWB
can seat up to 314 passengers, but Singapore Airlines will decide
its configuration at a later date. The aircraft can also carry
over 20 tonnes of cargo.