First ultra long-haul Airbus 350 XWB makes its debut

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February 28, 2018: The first ultra long range version of the Airbus 350 XWB recently rolled out of its final assembly line in Toulouse. 

The new variant of the best-selling Airbus 350 XWB family, which is a long-haul passenger airline is expected to enter into services with Singapore Airlines later this year.

Singapore Airlines has ordered seven A350-900 ultra long range aircraft, which will be used for non-stop operations between Singapore and the US.

Till date, Airbus received about 854 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 45 customers worldwide. Singapore Airlines is one of the largest customers for the A350 XWB family, having ordered 67 A350-900s, including seven ultra long range models. The carrier has already received delivery of 21 A350-900s.

Soon after the completion of the airframe assembly, the Airbus 350 XWB was moved to an outdoor station, where it will undergo extensive ground tests, before it’s fitted with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

The aircraft will subsequently undergo a short flight test programme to certify changes as against the standard A350-900, which will also add additional range capability. It includes a modified fuel system that will increase fuel carrying capacity by 24,000 litre, without the need for additional fuel tanks. 

The test phase will also measure enhanced performance derived from aerodynamic improvements, such as extended winglets. With a maximum take-off weight of 280 tonnes, the A350 XWB ultra long range is capable of flying non-stop up to 9,700 nautical miles or over 20 hours, combining highest levels of passenger and crew comfort, with unbeatable long-haul economics.

The A350 XWB is an all new family of widebody long-haul airline, which is expected to shape the future of air travel. 

The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, and new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Combining latest technologies, it will help in translating into unmatched levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 percent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and lower maintenance costs. 

The A350 XWB cabin offering absolute comfort on board with the quietest twin-aisle cabin and new air systems.

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