Amsterdam to be inaugural destination for SIA's new A350

Amsterdam to be inaugural destination for SIA's new A350
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Singapore Airlines has picked Amsterdam to be the inaugural destination for its new Airbus A350-900 fleet, with services expected to begin by April 2016.

The airline is also expected to make a decision soon on whether to resume direct flights to the United States. It has been in talks with both plane-makers Airbus and Boeing on plans for a potential ultra-long range aircraft, which would allow the carrier to reintroduce the direct 18-hour flight to New York that it pulled the plug on in 2013.

The airline has a total of 63 A350-900s on firm order, plus purchase options for a further 20. It expects to take delivery of 11 planes in 2016, replacing older workhorses such as the Boeing 777-200s and 777-300s. Deliveries for the 63 aircraft are spread out over five years.

This article was first published on October 13, 2015.
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