Singapore Airlines’ A350-900 Flies Into The Capital For The First Time
The A350-900 is the first aircraft out of Wellington to offer customers the option of flying Premium Economy. It also features lie-flat Business Class seats and a new ergonomically designed Economy Class seat.
It has been years in the making following Wellington Airport’s initiative to organise and fund a trial of the A350-900 on its runway to test its performance and gain the necessary operating approvals from Airbus.
“The decision by the most award-winning airline to bring this modern aircraft to the city is a vote of confidence in the region and Wellington Airport - we are proud of the role we have had to play in making that happen,” says Wellington Airport CEO Steve Sanderson.
The A350 is not only providing the latest cabin offering but it is also around 20% more fuel efficient, and quieter than its predecessor.
“There has also been a 37% increase in visitors from Asia overall with Singaporean visitor numbers up by 118%, Indian visitors up by 105%, and Indonesia up 50%
“We look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with Singapore Airlines and building on these strong foundations.”
“Since we began planning for this route Wellington Airport has been a wonderful partner to work alongside” Mr Goh said.
“Thanks to our strong relationship, we have been able to make continued improvements in our service to Wellington, so I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Steve Sanderson and his team at Wellington Airport for their support and commitment for the successes we share up to this point.
Wellington is continuing to grow as a domestic and international tourism destination, experiencing the largest increase in visitor spend for the year ended September 2019, including a 12% increase from International visitors. Mr Sanderson added that visitors from Asia and Europe are spending $79 million more per year in Wellington than before the service started, an increase of 23%.
“The Singapore airlines service has helped to drive more visitors and business travel to Wellington, making it easier and more affordable, and encouraging new opportunities. The route has increased overseas awareness in what the region has to offer and, as a result, has opened up travel itineraries throughout the country.”