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Recently, Airbus delivered its 10,000th aircraft (an A350 to Singapore Airlines). What is its registration number?

I understand the registration number is specific to the airline, and has nothing to do with the manufacturer.

The plane / Source AFP

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The answer you are looking for is: 9V-SMF. But let's try to add some related details.


Manufacturer pre-delivery ID

Airbus aircraft final assembly is done in Blagnac, a small city near Toulouse, in France, with parts coming from several countries.

  • Toulouse has been one of the birthplaces of aviation in Europe, with the first airmail company, l'Aéropostale, delivering mail to Africa and Latin America. Names of famous aviators and pioneers Saint-Exupéry, Guillaumet, Mermoz, Daurat, Latécoère are linked to this line (which they called the line) and this company which later became Air France.

The first flights will therefore happen in France, well before delivery to the customer. The French registry delivers temporary IDs to Airbus, the same IDs being continuously reused on successive airframes. Airbus uses a lot of them.

In France temporary IDs start with letter W. This A350 has been registered F-WZFD until being delivered to Singapore Airlines:

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The special 10,000th aircraft delivery logo on A350-900 MSN 54 with its temporary registration: F-WZFD (source)

This same number was previously used on other aircraft, e.g.this A350 c/n 9 and will be reused on next pre-production or pre-delivery aircraft.

Customer registration

The 10,000th Airbus is now registered by Singapore Airlines as 9V-SMF:

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Current registration number: 9V-SMF (source)

This number was previously used for a B747 at Singapore Airlines.

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    $\begingroup$ What's the meaning of the 54 beneath the temporary registration? Disambiguating the various aircraft to have used that temporary registration? $\endgroup$ – gsnedders Oct 18 '16 at 12:03
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    $\begingroup$ @gsnedders: It's the manufacturer serial number (MSN), or construction number (c/n). This airframe should be the 54th of the A350 series, a list can be found here. $\endgroup$ – mins Oct 18 '16 at 13:58

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