in Aerospace

Ultra Long Range A350 XWB completes first flight

Posted 23 April 2018 · Add Comment

The Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB, MSN 216, has successfully completed its first flight.

Above: The first Ultra Long Range A350 XWB performs its maiden flight.
Courtesy Airbus


The latest variant of the best-selling A350 XWB Family will be able to fly further than any other commercial airliner and will enter service with launch operator Singapore Airlines in second half 2018.
 
The aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines has embarked on a short flight test programme to certify the changes over the standard A350-900 that will extend its range capability to 9,700 nautical miles. These changes include a modified fuel system that increases fuel carrying capacity by 24,000 litres, without the need for additional fuel tanks. The test phase will also measure enhanced performance from aerodynamic improvements, including extended winglets.
 
With a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 280 tonnes, the Ultra Long Range A350 XWB is capable of flying over 20 hours non-stop.
 
Altogether, Singapore Airlines has ordered seven A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft, which it will use on non-stop flights between Singapore and the US, including the world’s longest commercial service between Singapore and New York.
 
The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines, which combined increase operational efficiency (with a 25% reduction in fuel burn and emissions).
 
At the end of March 2018, Airbus has recorded a total of 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 a total of 67 A350-900s, including the seven Ultra Long Range models. The carrier has already taken delivery of 21 A350-90s.

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Latest figures keep aerospace on track

April saw 96 aircraft deliveries worth up to £2 billion to UK industry, taking the total deliveries for 2018 so far to 406, with a total value to the UK of up to £7.5 billion.

Airbus-led FUSE-IT project awarded ITEA Award of Excellence on Innovation

The research and technology project FUSE-IT, conducted by 18 partners from France, Belgium, Portugal and Turkey and led by Airbus CyberSecurity, has received the 2018 ITEA Award of Excellence on Innovation.

UKRoC winners Tonbridge School to represent UK in IRC at FIA

Tonbridge School’s team ‘Rocketon’ have won the national final of the UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKRoC) to earn a place representing the UK and competing against students from the USA, Japan and France at the International Rocketry

Cardiff Airport concludes successful UK Airports Safety Week

The airport-led initiative - UK Airports Safety Week which ran until 20th May and took place across over 50 UK airports - aims to promote and demonstrate the importance of safety to the airport team, visitors and customers alike.

QinetiQ's X-Net helped protect the Royal Wedding

Thames Valley Police used QinetiQ’s vehicle stopping X-Net technology as part of wider security plans to protect the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George’s Chapel, Windsor last weekend.

Atos and Google Cloud form global partnership

Digital transformation specialist, Atos, has entered into a global agreement with Google Cloud to address the digital transformation needs of enterprise customers.

Air & Ground SK1704230718
See us at
FIL18 BT111017220718SMI FAVWSBT1402060618