The first A350-900ULR appears out of the paint shop with the livery of launch company
Toulouse - The first Airbus A350-900ULR appeared out of the paint shop with the livery of Singapore Airlines, the launch company. SIA's first Ultra Long Range A350 (MSN220) is totally identical to the other A350-900s that are in service with the Singapore's national airline.
According to the manufacturer's press release dated July 30, 2018, The MSN220 is at an advanced stage of production. The aircraft will undergo further tests before heading to Singapore Changi Airport in the coming months, probably in September.
Singapore Airlines has ordered seven A350-900ULRs and all are being assembled. The first A350-900ULR (MSN216) completed its flight test program successfully at end of April, which was focused on the redesigned fuel system.
The A350-900 Ultra Long Range is the latest variant of the A350 XWB family, with a range of up to 9700 nautical miles thanks to a modified fuel system, which increases the fuel transportation capacity of the A350 XWB family to 24,000-liter without the need for additional fuel tanks.
With a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 280 tonnes, the A350-900 ULR is capable of flying more than 20 hours non-stop.
Singapore Airlines has configured its A350-900 ULR to accommodate 67 passengers in Business Class and 94 in Premium (161 seats in total). The aircraft will enter service between Singapore-Changi and Newark-Liberty Airport on October 11, 2018, with a daily flight on the longest route in the world.
As of the end of June 2018, Airbus received a total of 882 firm A350 XWB orders from 46 customers worldwide.