MIAMI — Airbus has announced today that the first Ultra Long Range (ULR) Airbus A350 XWB has rolled out of the paintshop, which is set to be delivered to launch customer Singapore Airlines (SIA).
According to the European manufacturer, the aircraft will undergo the testing process before being delivered to the airline in the coming months.
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SIA, which has taken delivery of 21 A350-900s, has ordered seven A350-900 ULR aircraft to date, and all of them are in diverse stages of assembly.
Also is one of the largest customers for the A350 XWB Family, with an order total of 67 A350-900s, including the seven ULRs.
“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,” stated Airbus regarding SIA’s current A350-900 ULR aircraft.
The airline will deploy the aircraft on nonstop flights from Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) to the U.S., including SIA’s services between Singapore and New York, which will be the world’s longest commercial flight to date, as well as on routes to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO).
The Ultra Long Range A350-900 is the latest variant of the best-selling A350 XWB Family and it is set to have an extended range of up to 9,700 nautical miles due to amends on the fuel system, increasing the aircraft’s fuel carrying capacity by 24,000 liters without needing additional fuel tanks.
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With a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 280 tonnes, the A350-900 ULR can fly more than 20 hours nonstop, featuring the highest levels of passenger and crew comfort with outstanding economics for such distances.
Airbus has recorded 882 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 46 clients worldwide, by the end of June 2018. The manufacturer guarantees that it’s “one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.”