Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of its first of seven new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long range) aircraft over the weekend, ahead of its debut flight on the airline’s relaunched non-stop flights between Singapore and New York.
The Singaporean carrier is the launch customer for the new aircraft, which is an extended-range variant of Airbus’s current A350-900 model. The ultra-long-range aircraft is capable of flying up to 9,700 nautical miles for a duration of more than 20 hours.
This will enable Singapore Airlines to reclaim the mantle of the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight when it resumes its non-stop service to New York (Newark) on October 11.
Business Traveller will be on the inaugural flight, and will be publishing a review of the aircraft shortly thereafter.
The aircraft is then set to take on Singapore Airlines’ non-stop flights to Los Angeles starting in November.
Aside from its range, however, the new aircraft is particularly notable for its interior cabin set up, which has – perhaps mercifully – done away with the economy class cabin altogether. Instead, the A350-900ULR will have just 161 seats in total with 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy.