Singapore Airlines' first 'ultralong-range' A350 rolls out of paint shop

By On July 31, 2018

Singapore Airlines' first 'ultralong-range' A350 rolls out of paint shop

Singapore Airlines' first 'ultralong-range' A350 rolls out of paint shop

The first of Singapore Airlines’ new “ultralong range” jets that will soon begin flying the world’s longest airline route rolled out of the Airbus paint shop on Monday.

The Airbus A350-900ULR that emerged from the facility in Toulouse, France, is the first of seven bound for the carrier. The “ULR” â€" short for “ultralong range” â€" is the newest variant of Airbus’s A350 widebody jet that first began flying for airlines in 2015.

The A350 was already capable of flying long intercontinental flights, but -- as its name suggests -- the ULR has an even greater range. Airbus says the ULR is capable of flying 9,700 nautical miles (about 11,100 statute miles) while carrying a typical load of passengers and cargo. The typical range of a standard A350-900 is about 8,100 nautica l miles (about 9,300 statute miles), according to specifications listed on the Airbus website.

“Now at an advanced stage of production, the aircraft will undergo further testing before being delivered to the airline in the coming months,” Airbus says in a statement accompanying photos of the Singapore Airlines-bound A350-ULR that rolled out of the paint shop Monday.

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Skytrax ranks the world's top airlines for 2018 (see the top 20) Fullscreen

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Skytrax, a U.K.-based travel consultancy that runs what it calls "the world's largest review site," determines the winners of its World Airline Awards from r eviews by more than 24 million passengers that represent more than 100 countries. Here are the top 20 from Skytrax's list of the top 100 airlines ... Fullscreen At No. 20 for 2018: Hong Kong Airlines (up from No. 22). Fullscreen At No. 19 for 2018: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (up from No. 22). Fullscreen At No. 18 for 2018: Turkish Airlines (down from No. 12). Fullscreen At No. 17 for 2018: Air New Zealand (down from No. 19). Fullscreen At No. 16 for 2018: Austrian Airlines (up from No. 17). Fullscreen At No. 15 for 2018: Etihad Airways (down from No. 8). Fullscreen At No. 14 for 2018: China Southern Airlines (up from No. 23). Fullscreen At No. 13 for 2018: Japan Airlines (up from No. 16). Fullscreen At No. 12 for 2018: Swiss International Airlines (up from No. 14). Fullscreen At No. 11 for 2018: Qantas (up from No. 15). Fullscreen At No. 10 for 2018: Thai Airways (up from No. 11). Fullscreen At No. 9 for 2017: Garuda Indonesia. (Up from No. 10). Fullscreen At No. 8 for 2018: Hainan Airlines (up from No. 9). Fullscreen At No. 7 for 2018: Lufthansa (unchanged). Fullscreen At No. 6 for 2018: Cathay Pacific (down from No. 5). Fullscreen At No. 5 for 2018: EVA Air (up from No. 6). Fullscreen At No. 4 for 2018: Emirates (unchanged). Fullscreen At No. 3 for 2018: All Nippon Airways/ANA (unchanged). Fullscreen At No. 2 for 2018: Qatar Airways (down from No. 1). Fullscreen At No. 1 for 2018: Singapore Airlines (up from No. 2). FullscreenReplay
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Singapore is expected to take delivery of the jet in September before putting it into service between Newark Liberty and Singapore in October. It restores a route that Singapore dropped in 2013 as it phased out its fuel-guzzling, four-engine Airbus A340s.

Once it begins, the 9,500-statute mile Newark-Singapore route will become the world’s longest regularly scheduled flight, clocking in with a flight time of nearly 19 hours.

Singapore’s A350-900ULRs will not have any standard economy seats. The airline, regularly lauded as one of the world’s most luxurious carriers, is configuring its new ULR versions of t he A350 with 67 lie-flat business-class seats and 94 recliner seats in premium economy.

Singapore Airlines also intends to use its A350 ULRs for a just-announced Los Angeles-Singapore service. Singapore also plans to switch its existing Singapore-San Francisco route from the current A350-900 to the ULR variant of the plane.

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Singapore Airlines' first nonstop flight from Singapore to San Francisco lands at San Francisco International Airport on Oct. 23, 2016. The inaugural flight gave Singapore Airlines a nonstop route between the USA and its home country for the first time in three years. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' first nons top flight from Singapore to San Francisco lands at San Francisco International Airport on Oct. 23, 2016. The inaugural flight gave Singapore Airlines a nonstop link to the U.S. from its home country for the first time in three years. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350 is seen at San Francisco International Airport on Oct. 23, 2016, after completing the carrier's first nonstop Singapore-U.S. flight in three years. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350 is seen at San Francisco International Airport on Oct. 23, 2016, after completing the carrier's first nonstop Singapore-U.S. flight in three years. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines flight attendant pose in front of a sign celebrating the carrier's new nonstop service to Singapore Changi Airport from San Francisco International Airport (Oct. 23, 2016). Fullscreen Lee SekEng, Singpoare Airlines' regional vice president - Americas, speaks at San Francisco International Airport to mark the airline's inaugural San Francisco-Singapore flight on Oct. 23, 2016. Fullscreen Executives and officials with Singapore Airlines and San Francisco International Airport cut a celebratory ribbon to mark the start of nonstop service between Singapore Changi and San Francisco ahead of the inaugural San Francisco departure on Oct. 23, 2016. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350 taxis past the San Francisco International's iconic control tower before departing on the inaugural San Francisco-Singapore flight on Oct. 23, 2016. Fullscreen Passengers awaiting Singapore Airlines' first San Francisco-Singapore departure were treated to a traditional lion dance at the gate before boarding on Oct. 23, 2016. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' first nonstop service from San Francisco to Singapore takes off from San Francisco on Oct. 23, 2016. FullscreenReplay
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AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsSingapore Airlines shows off its swanky new Airbus A350 in France Fullscreen

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Singapore Airlines' business-class cabin is seen on one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets in T oulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. This particular aircraft was the 10,000th plane to roll off Airbus' assembly lines. Fullscreen This Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 was the 10,000th aircraft to be delivered by European jetmaker Airbus. It's seen here at delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' business-class cabin is seen on one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. This particular aircraft was the 10,000th plane to roll off Airbus' assembly lines. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' business-class cabin is seen on one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. This particular aircraft was the 10,000th plane t o roll off Airbus' assembly lines. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' business-class cabin is seen on one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. This particular aircraft was the 10,000th plane to roll off Airbus' assembly lines. Fullscreen This Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 was the 10,000th aircraft to be delivered by European jetmaker Airbus. It's seen here at delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen A bulkhead row of Singapore Airlines' premum economy cabin is seen on one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets on Oct. 14, 2016, in Toulouse, France. This particular aircraft was the 10,000th plane to roll off Airbus' assembly lines. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' premium economy cabin is seen on one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. This particular aircraft was the 10,000th plane to roll off Airbus' assembly lines. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' premium economy cabin is seen on one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. This particular aircraft was the 10,000th plane to roll off Airbus' assembly lines. Fullscreen This Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 was the 10,000th aircraft to be delivered by European jetmaker Airbus. It's seen here at delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' economy cabin is seen on one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. This particular aircraft was the 10,000th plane to roll off Airbus' assembly lines. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' economy cabin is seen on one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. This particular aircraft was the 10,000th plane to roll off Airbus' assembly lines. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' economy cabin is seen on one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. This particular aircraft was the 10,000th plane to roll off Airbus' assembly lines. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' economy cabin is seen on one of the carrier's Air bus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. This particular aircraft was the 10,000th plane to roll off Airbus' assembly lines. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' economy cabin is seen on one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. This particular aircraft was the 10,000th plane to roll off Airbus' assembly lines. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' economy cabin is seen on one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. This particular aircraft was the 10,000th plane to roll off Airbus' assembly lines. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines offered a rare look at its crew rest areas onboard one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines offered a rare look at its crew rest areas onboard one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Here, Today in the Sky editor Ben Mutzabaugh sits in the area to show the size of the space. Fullscreen The step leading up to the crew rest area onboard one of Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen This Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 was the 10,000th aircraft to be delivered by European jetmaker Airbus. It's seen here at delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' business-class cabin is see n on one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. This particular aircraft was the 10,000th plane to roll off Airbus' assembly lines. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' business-class cabin is seen on one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. The seat is recline into its lie-flat position, though the seat has not been fitted with Singapore's high-end business-class bedding in this photo. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' business-class cabin is seen on one of the carrier's Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. This particular aircraft was the 10,000th plane to roll off Airbus' assembly lines. Fullscreen The rear galley area o n one of Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 widebody jets in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen This Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 was the 10,000th aircraft to be delivered by European jetmaker Airbus. It's seen here at delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. FullscreenReplay
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AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsAirbus delivers the 10,000th aircraft in its history Fullscreen

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Singapore Airlines' newest Airbus A350 -- the 10,000th plane delivered by Airbus -- is seen at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen The pilots flying Singapore Airlines' A350 delivery flight pose with an Airbus test pilot (center). Fullscreen The stage for the 10,000th delivery ceremony, just before the festivities began on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Airbus CEO Tom Enders speaks at a ceremony to celebrate the delivery of the company's 10,000th aircraft. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong speaks at a ceremony in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016, where the airline took delivery of the 1 0,000th jet made by Airbus. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines flight attendants flank Airbus COO John Leahy (left), Singapore Air CEO Choon Phong (center) and Airbus CEO Tom Enders at a delivery ceremony for Airbus 10,000th aircraft on Oct. 14, 2016, in Toulouse, France. Fullscreen The delivery ceremony of Airbus 10,000th aircraft was a spectacle, complete with this dancer as performance art. Fullscreen Finally, the curtain dropped to reveal the 10,000th aircraft delivered by Airbus. It was handed over to Singapore Airlines in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' newest Airbus A350 -- the 10,000th plane delivered by Airbus -- is seen at a delivery ceremony in Toulou se, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' newest Airbus A350 -- the 10,000th plane delivered by Airbus -- is seen at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines flight attendants flanks Airbus CEO Tom Enders (left), Singapore Air CEO Goh Choon Phong (center) and Airbus COO John Leahy in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' newest Airbus A350 -- the 10,000th plane delivered by Airbus -- is seen at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' newest Airbus A350 -- the 10,000th plane delivered by Airbus -- is seen at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse , France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' newest Airbus A350 -- the 10,000th plane delivered by Airbus -- is seen at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Onlookers peer out to Singapore Airlines' newest Airbus A350 -- the 10,000th plane delivered by Airbus -- at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen A "Beluga" super-transport plane taxis within view of Singapore Air's Airbus A350. The Beluga is used to fly A350 wings to Toulouse, France, for final assembly. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' newest Airbus A350 -- the 10,000th plane delivered by Airbus -- is seen at a delivery ceremony in To ulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Crews walk near Singapore Airlines' latest Airbus A350 in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. The plane is the 10,000th delivered by Airbus. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' newest Airbus A350 -- the 10,000th plane delivered by Airbus -- is seen at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong (left), Airbus CEO Tom Enders and Airbus COO John Leahy talk to reporters in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Crowds can be seen in the background viewing Singapore Airlines' latest Airbus A350 in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. It was the 10,000th plane delivered by Air bus. Fullscreen Even delivery flights get a departure board, seen here at Airbus' aircraft delivery center in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' newest Airbus A350 -- the 10,000th plane delivered by Airbus -- is seen at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Capt. Aloysius Wee, Singapore Airlines' deputy chief A350 pilot, talks with observers after the delivery ceremony for Airbus' 10,000th aircraft In Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen One of the pilots for Singapore Airlines' A350 delivery flight to Singapore takes in the scene after a ceremony to celebrate the delivery of Airbus' 10,000th a ircraft. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' newest Airbus A350 -- the 10,000th plane delivered by Airbus -- is seen at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Singapore Airlines' newest Airbus A350 -- the 10,000th plane delivered by Airbus -- is seen at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, on Oct. 14, 2016. Fullscreen Visitors to the Airbus aircraft delivery center can peruse Airbus merchandise (aside from the planes, of course!). FullscreenReplay
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