SIA SINGAPORE AIRLINES TAKES DELIVERY OF WORLD’S FIRST AIRBUS A350-900ULR | World’s longest flights, between Singapore and New York, to be launched in October

 

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Singapore Airlines  (SIA) has today taken delivery  of the  world’s  first Airbus  A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) aircraft from  Airbus. It is the  first of seven A350-900ULRs on  firm  order and will enter service  on  11  October 2018 – operating  the  world’s longest  commercial  flight between Singapore  and Newark Liberty   International Airport.

SIA is the  launch customer for the  new A350-900ULR, which is capable of flying up to 9,700 nautical miles  (nm), or over 20  hours non-stop. The flight to New York will cover a distance of approximately 9,000nm (16,700km), with  travelling time  of up to  18  hours 45  minutes.  The aircraft  is configured  in  a two-class  layout,  with  67 Business Class seats and 94  Premium Economy Class seats.

“This is a proud moment for both Singapore Airlines  and Airbus,  not  only  because we have again strengthened our  partnership, but also because we have pushed the limits  with  this  highly  advanced new aircraft  to  extend long-range  flying  to  new lengths,” said Singapore Airlines  CEO, Mr Goh  Choon Phong.

 

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“The A350-900ULR will bring  more convenience and comfort to our  customers and will enable us to operate ultra-long-range flights  in a commercially viable manner. It will help  us  boost our  network competitiveness and further grow the  Singapore hub.”

Airbus  CEO Tom  Enders  added:  “Today’s  delivery  is  a milestone  for  Airbus  and Singapore Airlines,  as together we  open a new chapter in non-stop air travel. 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  combination of the  A350’s quiet,  spacious  cabin  and SIA’s  world-renowned  in-flight  product will ensure the highest levels  of passenger comfort on  the  world’s very  longest routes.”

The  A350-900ULR  is designed  for  a more comfortable  travelling  experience  with features such  as higher ceilings,  larger windows, an extra wide  body, quieter cabins and lighting designed to reduce jetlag. Its carbon composite airframe also allows for improved air quality due to a more optimised cabin altitude and humidity levels.

The  first  two  A350-900ULRs  will be  used for  the  launch  of  Singapore-New  York services while  subsequent aircraft will be  used for Singapore-Los Angeles services commencing on 2 November 2018, as well as to increase frequency on the  existing Singapore-San Francisco route. By the  end of 2018, SIA will link Singapore and the United States with  27  weekly non-stop flights.

With  the  delivery of the  first A350-900ULR, Singapore Airlines  now has 22  A350-900 aircraft  in  its  fleet,  with  45  more on  order including  the  six  additional  ULR variants.

Singapore Airlines currently operates 40 flights per week to the  US cities of Houston, New  York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. With  the  new ULR flights,  total US flight frequency will increase to 53  per  week by December.

 

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