Date Posted: 18/09/2018
Adelaide has been named as the launch destination for Singapore Airlines brand new Airbus A350-900 medium haul aircraft. Flights are set to commence daily services from the 17 December 2018, operating as SQ279 from Singapore to Adelaide, and then returning back to Singapore as SQ278.
Airbus A350’s are not an uncommon site in Adelaide with Qatar Airways proudly being the first airline to bring the new age, technology advanced aircraft to Adelaide. The new Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900 will be a welcome addition to the airport scene, and will thankfully replace the current Airbus A330-300 aircraft that is operating this route.
The brand new A350-900 medium haul aircraft will be configured into a two class configuration offering a maximum seating capacity of 303 seats. There will be 40 seats at the point end of the aircraft in Business, configured into a 1-2-1 arrangement which allows all passengers to have direct aisle access throughout the flight. The Economy section will follow behind offering 263 seats on board in a spacious 3-3-3 configuration. The airline has recently unveiled its regional Business Class and Economy Class cabins that will be fitted onto this aircraft.
Singapore Airlines has designed a brand new user interface for their inflight entertainment system. It is the most up to date entertainment system to be installed on an A350 aircraft. The inflight entertainment system offers a more intuitive user experience with passengers being able to enjoy Singapore Airlines’ myKrisWorld inflight entertainment system with even greater control than ever before.
One huge benefit that comes with the entertainment system on board is the ability for KrisFlyer members to bookmark content such as movies to resume at a later date, KrisFlyer members can also save playlists which are fully customisable and then pick them up on a subsequent flight. It gives a whole new meaning to personalised inflight entertainment, it will reinvent the way we watch inflight content. The system will also suggest viewing recommendations based on each passenger’s preferences and previous viewing history.
Passengers are able to fully customise their own personal playlists prior to getting on the aircraft by using the SingaporeAir mobile application. From there passengers can customise their own playlist by adding different media content, then once on board transfer their selections to the myKrisWorld inflight entertainment system. This can be done by pairing their personal electronic device with the on board system via Near Field communications (NFC). Wifi connectivity will also be offered on board the aircraft, offering high-speed access via the GX Aviation’s broadband connectivity system.
Following on from the upgraded aircraft flying to Adelaide, the next Australian destination set to receive the medium-haul Airbus A350-900 will be Brisbane, with flights set to begin next year with the A350-900.
For those customers travelling at the front of the aircraft in Business Class they will be able to relax in comfort on their flight to and from Singapore. The Business Class seats were manufactured by Stelia Aerospace, offering a forward-facing layout in a 1-2-1 configuration. Every seat can transform into a 76” fully flatbed right from the simple touch of a button the armrests can be raised and lowered as per each passengers preference. The centre seats are ideal for both couples and solo travellers with adjustable dividers between seats providing a more customisable level of privacy.
A large 17” full high definition touchscreen monitor allows for crisp clear images when watching entertainment during your flight. There is no need to hunt for storage space in your suite as there is ample stowage space for personal items. Each seat has access to direct power, with USB ports also provided. An integrated reading light is included in your cabin which can also be adjusted to any particular lighting intensity, all to provide you with a comfortable journey.
Of course, business class doesn’t get all the bells and whistles the Economy section has also had a makeover with these seats designed by RECARO, they offer an enhanced inflight experience. The Economy section is configured into a 3-3-3 configuration with each of the 263 seats on board ergonomically designed to provide you with a comfortable journey. The headrest can be adjusted in six different ways with foldable wings to provide neck support.
Each seat has their own 11.6” full high definition touchscreen monitor, allowing passengers travelling on board to browse through and select from over 1,000 movies, television shows, audio programs and games.
The huge benefit of the Airbus A350-900 is its ability to offer a much larger cabin with higher ceilings and extra wide cabin, offering more space and comfort on board. A specialised lighting system is installed on board which promotes itself on reducing the effects of jetlag. With a much larger cabin comes more space for each passenger. Each economy seat has a coat hook, USB ports and access to in-seat power supply.
This will no doubt be a welcomed addition to Adelaide Airport, a huge upgrade from the daily Airbus A330-300 aircraft that has been opening on this route for many years. Singapore Airlines is the only carrier that provides a direct link between South Australia and Singapore. I can’t wait to see this brand new A350-900 aircraft flying in Adelaide’s skies.