Singapore Airlines (SIA) has taken
delivery of the world’s first Airbus A350-900 ULR (ultra-long-range)
aircraft from Airbus.
The aircraft is the first of seven A350-900 ULRs on
firm order and will enter service on 11 October 2018 - operating
the world’s longest commercial flight between Singapore and Newark
Liberty International Airport.
SIA is the launch customer for the new
A350-900 ULR, which is capable of flying up to 9,700nm, or over 20 hours non-stop.
The flight to New
York will cover a distance of approximately 9,000nm (16,700km),
with travelling time of up to 18 hours 45 minutes.
The aircraft is
configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and
94 Premium Economy Class seats.
“This is a proud moment
for both Singapore Airlines and Airbus, not only because we have
again strengthened our partnership, but also because we have
pushed the limits with this highly advanced new aircraft to extend
long-range flying to new lengths,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr
Goh Choon Phong. “The A350-900 ULR will bring more
convenience and comfort to our customers and will enable us to
operate ultra-long-range flights in a commercially viable manner.
It will help us boost our network competitiveness and further grow
the Singapore hub.”
The A350-900 ULR features high
ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body, quieter cabins and
lighting designed to reduce jetlag. Its carbon composite airframe
also allows for improved air quality due to a more optimised cabin
altitude and humidity levels.
The first two A350-900 ULRs
will be used for the launch of Singapore-New York services while
subsequent aircraft will be used for Singapore-Los Angeles
services commencing on 2 November 2018, as well as to increase
frequency on the existing Singapore-San Francisco route.
end of 2018, SIA will link Singapore and the United States with 27
weekly non-stop flights.
With the delivery of the first
A350-900 ULR, Singapore Airlines now has 22 A350-900 aircraft in its
fleet, with 45 more on order including the six additional ULR
Singapore Airlines currently operates 40 flights per
week to the US cities of Houston, New York, Los Angeles and San
Francisco. With the new ULR flights, total US flight frequency
will increase to 53 per week by December.
Airbus CEO Tom Enders, said,
“This delivery is a milestone for Airbus and Singapore
Airlines, as together we open a new chapter in non-stop air
travel. With its unrivalled range and step-change in fuel
efficiency, the A350 is uniquely placed to meet demand for new
ultra long haul services. The combination of the A350’s quiet,
spacious cabin and SIA’s world-renowned in-flight product will
ensure the highest levels of passenger comfort on the world’s very