Airbus to Fly A350 to Singapore Show for First DisplayVipin V. Nair and Robert Wall
Airbus Group will showcase its A350 aircraft in Singapore next month, the first full display of the wide-body airliner at an international air show, as the planemaker seeks to build on Asian orders.
The A350 will be on static display and also participate in flying on Feb. 11 and 12 at the Singapore Airshow, Airbus said in an e-mailed statement today. Airbus first flew the jet on June 14 and conducted a fly-by days later at the Paris Air Show, the industry’s highest-profile gathering.
Asian carriers including Singapore Airlines Ltd. and Japan Airlines Co. have ordered 244 A350s, and the region accounts for 30 percent of the aircraft’s total sales. The company has begun assembly of the first customer A350-900 due to be handed over to Qatar Airways Ltd. by year-end. The A350’s appearance at the Singapore expo suggests that flight tests have advanced enough for Airbus to take the jet out for a few days.
“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,” Airbus Chief Executive Officer Fabrice Bregier said in the statement.
Airbus had booked a combined 812 orders for the A350 through the end of last year after securing deals for 239 more of the jets in 2013. The planemaker has 39 customers for the aircraft. In October, the company gained an order for as many as 56 A350s from Japan Air, a deal that signaled its penetration of a key market dominated by Boeing Co.