Airbus delivered last Friday in Toulouse its plane number 10.000, an A350-900, to SINGAPORE AIRLINES. The ceremony was attended by the CEO of Airbus Groups and the CEO of the airline, Goh Choon Phong.
Goh Choon Phong y Tom Enders, en el cockpit del A350 | Airbus
It is the sixth Airbus A350-900 of Singapore Airlines, out of a total order of 67. The aircraft will begin to operate the new non-scale route between Singapore and San Francisco at the end of the month.
Enders referred in his speech to the development of the consortium since the first manufactured comercial aircraft left the warehouse 42 years ago. Airbus needed 19 years to deliver its first 1.000 planes. Currently, the same number of devices are manufactured in only 19 months.
According to Airbus, the plane 10.000th comes at a time where the manufacturer has reached the biggest rhythm of production of its history, allowing the delivery of at least 650 aircrafts this year. These include capacities that goes from 100 to 600 seats and satisfy all the needs of the airlines, from short distance and high frequency up to the longest intercontinental flights of the world.
“Since the beginning, the innovation has been in the heart of everything that we do”, said Enders. “This led us develope what today is the most modern and complete family of aircrafts of the world. And with a determinated emphasis on continuous innovation and on the progress of the product we insure ourselves of being in the forefront of the evolution, putting in hands of the airlines the best of the industry”.
“We are specially proud to celebrate this milestone with Singapore Airlines, one of our most ancient client and a true partner. Currently, the SIA Group operates all kinds of models of our full range of products, at the highest levels of technical excellence. This is the best guarantee that our products can have, and we want to thank SIA for its continuous confidence, it’s association and its support”, said Enders.
Meanwhile Goh Choon Phong, expressed that “it is an honor for Singapore Airlines to receive the aircraft number 10.000 that delivers Airbus. Airbus aircraft have contributed to a great extent to the success of Singapore Airlines throughout decades and we are proud to share this important milestone with a partner that we have been trusting for many years. Today’s delivery gives an idea of how far Airbus has come in this period. On behalf of the staff and direction of Singapore Airlines, I would like to congratulate Airbus for achieving this amazing milestone”.
Singapore Airlines made its first order to Airbus in 1979 and over the years the airline and its subsidiaries have delivered every model that has been produced by the European aircraft manufacturer. Today, the airline operates the A330, the A350 XWB and A380, while its regional subsidiaries Silkair and Tigerair fly with the A320.
Airbus has received more than 16.700 orders of its different models, and its planes fly today with more than 400 airlines worlwide. The company orders 6.700 aircrafts for future delivery is the highest recorded so far by any aircraft manufacturer and represents about 10 years of full production at current rates.