New Airbus A350 arrives in Asia

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Qatar Airways' A350 gets a water cannon salute on arrival at Changi Airport
Qatar Airways’ A350 gets a water cannon salute on arrival at Changi Airport

The world’s newest long-haul aircraft, the Airbus A350, embarked on its first ever scheduled service to the Asia Pacific region on Monday.

Qatar Airways has deployed the new twin-aisle jet to Singapore, which becomes only the second third city in the world to welcome the A350, after Doha and Frankfurt.

Touching down at Singapore’s Changi Airport, the aircraft was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute.

“The A350 XWB (extra wide-body) is the third and final major new aircraft in a decade and Qatar Airways is delighted to be the first global airline to fly this state-of-the-art aircraft into Singapore and Asia Pacific,” said Marwan Koleilat, Qatar Airways’ chief commercial officer.

“Singapore is a key market for Qatar Airways and we remain committed to offering our Singapore-based passengers the best in-flight experience possible. With the A350 XWB, all 283 passengers can be assured of unprecedented levels of comfort across all classes when travelling to Doha and onwards to key destinations in Europe and the Americas.”

Qatar Airways is the global launch customer for the A350, and remains the only airline to currently fly the aircraft. It configures the aircraft with 36 business class flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 layout and 247 economy class seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.

The aircraft also features the Oryx in-flight entertainment system, advanced air conditioning technology, LED lighting and Wi-Fi.

The Doha-based airline currently operates a double-daily service to Singapore, with one flight operated by the A350 and the other using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. But by mid-August, Qatar Airways plans to increase its Singapore frequency to three daily flights, all of which will be operated using the A350.
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