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Wed, 25 April 2018

Singapore Airlines to Resume World’s Longest Commercial Flights

The Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB, MSN 216, has successfully completed its first flight.

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 in the second half of 2018.

The aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines has embarked on a short flight test programme to certify the changes over the standard A350-900 that will extend its range capability to 9,700 nautical miles.

The Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB, MSN 216, has successfully completed its first flight. 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 in the second half of 2018. Click to enlarge.

The changes 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 from aerodynamic improvements, including extended winglets.

With a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 280 tonnes, the Ultra Long Range A350 XWB is capable of flying over 20 hours non-stop.

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.

Singapore Airlines is one of the largest customers for the A350 XWB Family, having ordered a total of 67 A350-900s, including the the seven Ultra Long Range models. The carrier has already taken delivery of 21 A350-900s.

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