The latest version of the Airbus A350 completed its first flight Monday morning, cruising over the Mediterranean Sea in a series of long loops after taking off from the company's headquarters in Toulouse, France.
The A350-900ULR (for Ultra Long Range) is a modified design of the existing A350-900, but with a redesigned fuel system and extended winglets that enable it to fly halfway around the Earth.
With a total range of 9,700 nautical miles (1,600 more than the current A350-900), the A350-900ULR will be able to fly 20 hours nonstop with a full load of passengers. Launch customer Singapore Airlines, which has ordered seven of the airliners, will use them to restart its 19-hour nonstop flights between New York and Singapore.
The airline already uses the A350-900 on such long routes as its 17-hour flight between San Francisco and Singapore, and Cathay Pacific will put the new 16-hour flight between Hong and Washington Dulles this September.on its
Once Singapore's nonstop to New York starts next year, it will take the title of the world's Qantas' new 17-hour nonstop between Perth, Australia, and London (on a )., beating both Qatar Airways' 18-hour nonstop between Doha, Qatar, and Auckland, New Zealand (on a Boeing 777-200) and
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