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Amsterdam to be inaugural destination for SIA's new A350

Airline also in talks with Airbus, Boeing on ultra-long range aircraft to resume direct 18-hour NY flights

Mr Tan says the fuel-efficient mid-size aircraft will be a "game-changer" for the group, allowing SIA to launch new routes, strengthening its network as well as the larger Singapore hub; SIA plans to use the A350 on flights to Amsterdam by April.

Toulouse, France

SINGAPORE Airlines has picked Amsterdam to be the inaugural destination for its new Airbus A350-900 fleet, with services expected to begin by April 2016.

The airline is also expected to make a decision soon on whether to resume direct flights to the United States.