Aviation geeks will have their eyes set on Adelaide later this year when Singapore Airlines sends its first A350-900 aircraft to the South Australian city.

The carrier confirmed Adelaide as the launch destination for the new aircraft this morning, making locals the first to test out the carrier’s new medium-haul product.

Arriving and departing Adelaide on 18 December via flights SQ278/279, the plane will have 303 seats – 40 in Business Class and 263 in Economy Class.


The new Business Class cabin will have a 1-2-1 forward-facing configuration, giving all guests aisle access. Seats will be manufactured by Stelia Aerospace and have the ability to recline directly into a 76” fully-flat bed.

Premium flyers will receive extra comfort thanks to seats measuring up to 26” in width with retractable armrests that can be raised and lowered. There’s also extra stowage space for personal items, in-seat power, USB ports, adjustable lighting and a 17” full high-definition touchscreen monitor.


In Economy, ergonomically-designed seats will be split into a 3-3-3 configuration and fitted with contour backrest and a six-way adjustable headrest for greater comfort.

Main cabin customers will have access to a personal 11.6” full high-definition touchscreen monitor equipped with 1,000 movies, TV shows, audio programmes and games on myKrisWorld.


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

Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President, South West Pacific, Philip Goh, said the aircraft would deliver extra comfort along with seven percent more capacity to and from Adelaide.


“The decision to deliver increased capacity to the city reinforces our commitment to South Australia and will provide more opportunities to grow inbound and outbound travel.”

Philip Goh, Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President, South West Pacific

“The introduction of the new aircraft will allow us to serve the South Australian travel market better and continue to provide our customers with a premium service offering.”

Singapore Airlines has ordered a total of 67 Airbus A350-900 aircraft, 21 of which are already in the fleet and have been fitted with Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class, long-haul cabin products.


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