On May 30th, Singapore Airlines flew its first flight to Stockholm, Sweden with its new Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft. It departed at 00:33hrs local time from Changi International Airport in Singapore, and arrived at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport at 08:59hrs local time. Stockholm is a new addition to Singapore’s network, an extension of Singapore’s current Singapore – Moscow route. Singapore’s Moscow route used to continue to Houston, however the route is now operated via. Manchester, UK. Stockholm is Singapore’s second Scandinavian destination, complementing Singapore’s existing service to Copenhagen. Singapore Airlines’ A350-900 has 253 seats; 42 of them are Business Class, 24 are Premium Economy Class and 187 are Economy Class. SIA’s A350-900s have a business seat configuration of 1-2-1, premium economy of 2-4-2 and economy of 3-3-3.
Passengers flying on the inaugural flight were treated to a medley of song performances and an assortment of Swedish-themed refreshments at a boarding gate event. In addition of that they received a goodie bag containing a Dala Horse cosmetic pouch, a commemorative certificate and a batik luggage tag with a weighing scale. Upon arrival at Stockholm, the airport’s fire department greeted the aircraft with a water cannon salute, and the party continued at Stockholm with another event held at the gate.
This new route not only benefits Singapore Airlines, but also Star Alliance member SAS Scandinavian Airlines, which codeshares on Singapore’s new service to Singapore. SAS’s CEO, Mr Rickard Gustafson stated that SAS is looking to expand their services operated from Stockholm to Asia, Australia and New Zealand in collaboration with SIA and the new flight operated.
Singapore Airlines’ service to Stockholm is only one of a number of expansions planned by Star Alliance member airlines at the airport this year, including Air India’s new service to Stockholm launching August 16th, 2017, and SAS’ new seasonal services from Stockholm, including to Miami, Ibiza and Lisbon.
Stockholm has a rich history, being first recorded in history during the year 1252, and being known as one of the biggest cities in the Nordic region, with a population of 2.3 million people. The city is situated on 14 different islands, which provide business and leisure opportunities for all.
Thank you to Ulf Romedahl for providing us images from the inaugural arrival at Stockholm Arlanda Airport!