December 18 2018  |  Tech & Hardware

Medium-haul SQ A350 flies to Adelaide

By Rick Lundstrom

The Stelia Aerospace seats recline to 76 inches and are 26 inches wide

Singapore Airlines yesterday began service with a new A350-900 medium-haul aircraft on an inaugural flight from Singapore to Adelaide.

The aircraft entered into service as SQ279. It departed Singapore at 23:34 local time on December 17 and arrived in Adelaide at 08:15hrs local time. The return flight, SQ278, will departed from Adelaide at 10:45 local time and arrive in Singapore at 15:30 local time.

Featuring new regional Business Class and Economy Class cabin products that were recently launched on SIA’s Boeing 787-10 fleet, the A350-900 medium haul Business Class cabin has 40 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Economy Class cabin has 263 seats arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration.

The medium-haul Business Class seats have been manufactured by Stelia Aerospace. Each seat reclines directly into a 76 inche fully flat bed. The seats are up to 26 wide with retractable armrests that can be raised and lowered Other features include stowage space for personal items, a business panel with in-seat power supply and USB ports, an integrated reading light unit with adjustable lighting intensity and a personal 17-inch full high-definition touchscreen monitor.

Economy Class seating from Recaro. There are 263 seats in a 3-3-3 configuration

The new Economy Class seats have been designed and manufactured by Recaro. They are equipped with an ergonomically designed contour backrest, and a six-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings to provide more neck support. Economy Class passengers can also enjoy an enhanced entertainment experience on their personal 11.6 inches full high-definition touchscreen monitor.

Other features that have been introduced for Economy Class customers include storage space for small personal items, a coat hook, USB port and in-seat power supply.

The A350-900 medium haul aircraft are also fitted with the latest Thales AVANT in-flight entertainment system – a first in SIA’s fleet. This has been designed with a new user interface that offers a more intuitive experience and navigation options, leaving customers with the pleasure of enjoying Singapore Airlines’ myKrisWorld and its selection of more than 1,800 movies, TV shows, audio programs and games with even greater flexibility.

Passengers can receive personalized content recommendations based on their preferences and viewing history, while KrisFlyer members can bookmark and resume content, as well as customize and save preferences and playlists for subsequent flights. KrisFlyer members and Business Class customers will also have access to additional in-flight entertainment content choices.

In addition, customers will have access to high-speed in-flight WiFi service on the new A350-900s, equipped with Inmarsat GX Aviation’s broadband connectivity system offered through SITAONAIR.

Following Adelaide, the A350-900 medium haul aircraft will be deployed to Brisbane starting January 7, subject to regulatory approval.

SIA placed orders for a total of 67 Airbus A350-900s, 30 of which are already in the fleet including seven ultra-long-range variants, 21 long-haul variants, and two medium-haul variants.

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