We can classify the first flight of an aircraft as the day on which the aircraft takes to the skies under its own power. This is also the ‘birthday’ of the aircraft, the day its age is calculated from.
Purchasing an aircraft is a rather lengthy and costly affair for the airlines involved. Countless millions of dollars and years are involved before the passenger actually flies on it. For a new aircraft type like the Airbus A350XWB, Singapore Airlines signed its first order for 20 of the aircraft in June 2007. February 2016 marks nearly the 9th year since its order was made and its first aircraft took to the skies.
For the airline, it is an exciting time as the new aircraft type would allow it to introduce new routes and cabin configurations. This aircraft also promises lower fuel and maintenance costs. Having the new aircraft would also allow the airline to retire older and less efficient aircraft and to revitalize existing routes with the new product.
For the airline customer, this is the chance to be the first few passengers on the new aircraft. It is not unlike driving a new car with the ‘new car smell’. It is a total new experiences on this brand new aircraft type.
For spotters and aviation enthusiasts, it is a chance to check out the airline’s livery on the new aircraft as she soars into the skies for the first time. The picture of an aircraft on the ground and in the air always presents a different prospective. Aircraft on the ground tends to look clumsy and out of place. In the air, they appear sleek, elegant and right at home.
9V-SMA is MSN 0026 or the 26th Airbus A350XWB ever to roll off the production line in Toulouse, France.
Singapore Airlines was the first airline in the world to fly the Airbus A380-800 commercially when it received 9V-SKA MSN 003 in October 2007.
Article is written by CL, edited by Claire
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