Singapore Airlines Takes Delivery Of World's First Airbus A350-900ULR

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 24, 2018

SIA will begin operating the A350-900ULR on 11th October, when it will launch non-stop services between Singapore and NY.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has received a delivery of the world's first Airbus A350-900ULR ultra long range aircraft.

The ultra-long-range plane will start flying non-stop between Singapore and New York's Newark Liberty International Airport from Oct 11. The flight from Singapore to NY will carry a total of 161 passengers - 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy class seats. The flight to NY will cover a distance of approximately 9,000nm (16,700km), with traveling time of up to 18 hours 45 minutes. "It will help us boost our network competitiveness and further grow the Singapore hub", he said.

"Today's delivery is a milestone for Airbus and Singapore Airlines, as together we open a new chapter in non-stop air travel", Airbus CEO Tom Enders said.

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 aircraft, which is capable of travelling for over 20 hours without stopping, also comes with higher ceilings, larger windows, a wider body, quieter cabins and lighting created to reduce jet lag. It'll use subsequent deliveries of the A350-900ULR for non-stop services to Los Angeles from November 2.

Singapore Airlines has ordered seven Ultra Long Range A350-900 models.

By the end of the year, the airline will be operating 53 weekly flights between the US and Singapore as it supplements its current total of 40, operating non-stop flights to Singapore and other routes to Houston, New York, and Los Angeles that connect in Europe and Japan. Beginning Nov. 2, Singapore will operate daily direct flights to LAX, just a few days after fellow Star Alliance member carrier United Airlines pulls out of the route.

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