The first Ultra Long Range version of the A350
has rolled out of the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse.
The latest variant of the A350 XWB Family will be
able to fly further than any other commercial airliner and will
enter service with launch operator Singapore Airlines later this
Altogether, Singapore Airlines has ordered seven
A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft, which it will use on non-stop
flights between Singapore and the US, including the world’s
longest commercial service between Singapore and New York.
Following completion of the airframe assembly,
the first aircraft has now moved to an outdoor station where it
will undergo extensive ground tests, prior to installation of its
Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.
The aircraft will then embark on a short flight
test programme to certify the changes over the standard A350-900
that will bring the additional range capability. These include a
modified fuel system that increases fuel carrying capacity by
24,000 litres, without the need for additional fuel tanks. The
test phase will also measure enhanced performance derived from
aerodynamic improvements, including extended winglets.
With a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 280
tonnes, the A350 XWB Ultra Long Range is capable of flying up to
9,700 nautical miles or over 20 hours non-stop.
Singapore Airlines is one of the largest
customers for the A350 XWB Family, having ordered a total of 67
A350-900s, including the seven Ultra Long Range models. The
carrier has already taken delivery of 21 A350-900s.
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