Adelaide became the first city in the world (outside of Singapore) to see Singapore Airlines’ brand new A350, which completed her first inaugural flight to the city this week.

Singapore Airlines’ new Airbus A350-900 debut in South Australia on flight SQ279, which touched down in the state’s capital at 8.15 on Tuesday (18 December) morning. It then returned to Singapore on SQ278 at 10.37am.

The aircraft was welcomed to Adelaide with a water cannon salute and later farewelled with a traditional Lion Dance, drinks and canapes.


Guests on the inaugural service received 100mb of free data to use on the flight, and were the first to try out new features such as the airline’s new medium-haul Business Class featuring 76-inch fully flat recline, 26-inch width and retractable armrests. They were also the first to test out new Economy Seats with ergonomically-designed contour backrest, six-way adjustable headrest and a 11.6-inch full high-definition touchscreen monitor.

Other perks of being onboard the Singapore Airlines A350-900 were testing out the inflight entertainment system with a new intuitive user interface and 1,800 entertainment options, as well as high-speed wi-fi and personalised content recommendations based on their preferences and viewing history.


Singapore Airlines’ A350-900 also increases overall capacity by seven percent, has larger windows, extra body for extra inflight space and lighting designed to reduce jetlag.

Regional Vice President for South West Pacific, Philip Goh, said the plane’s arrival into Adelaide is a testament of the carrier’s commitment to the South Australian market.


“We are very happy to be able to deliver an early Christmas present to South Australia and it is fitting that we do so just weeks before we begin celebrating our 35th anniversary of operations to the state.”

Philip Goh, Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific

Following Adelaide, the A350-900 medium haul aircraft will be deployed to Brisbane from 7 January 2019, subject to regulatory approval.


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