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Singapore Airlines gets first Ultra Long Range Airbus A350 XWB
A350-900ULR. © Airbus

Singapore Airlines gets first Ultra Long Range Airbus A350 XWB

Airbus delivered the first A350-900 Ultra Long Range (ULR) aircraft to launch customer Singapore Airlines on 22nd September.

Airbus delivered the first A350-900 Ultra Long Range (ULR) aircraft to launch customer Singapore Airlines (SIA) on 22nd September.

SIA will begin operating the A350-900ULR on 11th October, when it will launch non-stop services between Singapore and New York. With an average flying time of 18 hours and 45 minutes, these will be the world’s longest commercial flights.

Following New York, the aircraft will enter service with SIA on two more non-stop transpacific routes, to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The latest variant of the A350 XWB is capable of flying further in commercial service than any other aircraft, with a range of up to 9,700 nautical miles, or over 20 hours non-stop.

Altogether, SIA has ordered seven A350-900ULR aircraft, configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats.

The A350-900ULR is a development of the A350-900. The main change versus the standard aircraft is a modified fuel system, enabling the fuel-carrying capacity to be increased by 24,000 litres to 165,000 litres. The ULR variant also features a number of aerodynamic enhancements, including extended winglets, which are now being applied to all in-production A350-900 aircraft.

Singapore Airlines is one of the largest customers for the A350 XWB Family, having ordered a total of 67 A350-900s, including the seven ULR models. The airline’s A350 XWB fleet now stands at 22 aircraft.

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