New A350 jetliner to fly at Singapore airshow: The Airbus Group’s new A350 XWB passenger plane will stage its first full flying display at the Singapore Airshow this week, according to reports.
The wide-bodied jetliner will perform its first-ever flying display on Tuesday and Wednesday in Singapore, and will also be put on display.
On Sunday the aircraft performed a rehearsal flying display for journalists.
“This is the first appearance of the A350 in the Asia-Pacific, first time for the aircraft to be exhibited at an airshow and first time it performs a full flying display,” said an Airbus official by e-mail on Sunday.
Visitors will be able to get a close-up view of the plane both on the ground and in the air. The flying display will demonstrate the aircraft’s manoeuverability, sleek design and exceptionally low noise levels, said an Airbus statement last month.
The A350 is in an advanced phase of its flight test programme, with its entry into commercial service scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2014, according to reports.
Airbus president and chief executive officer Fabrice Bregier issued a statement in January saying: “The Asia-Pacific region is the fastest-growing market for the air transport industry and will drive future demand for wide-body aircraft in all seat categories.”
The A350 has already received over 814 orders worldwide, some 30 percent of which are from the Asia-Pacific region. Singapore Airlines has ordered 70, and Japan Airlines has ordered 31. The aircraft is seen as a rival to Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.
Held every two years, the Singapore Airshow is one of the world’s biggest, and will run from Tuesday through February 16. About 1,000 companies are taking part in this year’s show, with fully booked exhibition space.