Airbus is celebrating the delivery of its 10,000th aircraft. The Singapore Airlines A350-900, 9V-SMF (c/n 054), was handed over on October 14 during an elaborate ceremony at the manufacturer’s Toulouse/Blagnac facility.
“Since our earliest days, innovation has been at the heart of everything we do at Airbus,” Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders said. “This has seen us develop what is today the world’s most modern and comprehensive aircraft family. And with a strong emphasis on [Research and Technology] R&T, continuous innovation and product improvement, we will ensure that we remain ahead of the curve, delivering airlines the best our industry has to offer.”
He added: “We are especially proud to celebrate this milestone with Singapore Airlines – one of our longest standing customers and a true partner. Today, the SIA Group operates aircraft from across our complete product line and with the highest levels of technical excellence. There is no better endorsement for our products and we thank the entire SIA Group for its ongoing confidence, partnership and support.”
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong commented: “We are honoured to be receiving the 10,000th aircraft that Airbus has delivered. Airbus aircraft have contributed greatly to our successes over the decades, and we are proud to be sharing this important milestone with our longstanding and trusted partner.
“Today’s delivery shows just how far Airbus has come over the decades. On behalf of the staff and management of Singapore Airlines, I would like to congratulate Airbus for reaching this incredible milestone.”
The landmark aircraft, which carries special ‘10,000th Airbus’ markings on the rear fuselage, will be used to launch Singapore Airlines’ new non-stop service from Singapore to San Francisco on October 20.