The first Ultra Long Range Airbus A350 XWB to be
delivered to launch customer Singapore Airlines rolled out of the
paintshop on Monday.
Now at an advanced stage of production,
the aircraft will undergo further testing before being delivered
to the airline in the coming months.
Singapore Airlines has ordered seven A350-900
Ultra Long Range aircraft, and all of them are in various stages
The first aircraft to have flown has successfully
completed its flight test programme, which focused on the
redesigned fuel system. It is now being fitted with its cabin.
The airline will operate the aircraft on non-stop services from
Singapore to the U.S. This includes flights between Singapore and
New York, which will be the world’s longest commercial service, as
well as on routes to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Long Range A350-900 is the latest variant of the best-selling A350
XWB Family, and will have an extended range of up to 9,700
nautical miles. This has been achieved by a modified fuel system,
which increases the aircraft’s fuel carrying capacity by 24,000 litres without the need for additional fuel tanks.
maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 280 tonnes, the Ultra Long Range
A350 is capable of flying 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.