The media reported on Thursday, Singapore Airlines is soon going to launch the world’s longest non-stop flight with almost 20 hours in the air, by the end of 2018.
The newest plane of Singapore Airlines that is the Airbus A350-900ULR (for Ultra Long-Range) will fly on a record-breaking and globe-spanning flight between Singapore and New York.
Previously, the airline used to fly the gas-guzzling. And with just 100 business-class seats on board, it had four-engine A340-500 on the 9,500-mile route.
Singapore Airlines is now taking delivery of newest wide-body Airbus. It has 21 planes in its fleet, of an order for 67 aircraft. It has ordered seven of the Ultra Long-Range planes.
The plane had its first test flight on April 23. It was an almost five-hour round-trip that launched from the airframer’s assembly plant in Toulouse, France.
The A350s share Airbus’ design philosophy that makes the aircraft cabin feel more like a room, rather than a long tube. The plane is featured with high ceilings, sophisticated LED lighting, almost vertical sidewalls and a low noise level. The air circulation system of this plane is quiet and draft-free.
The Airbus’ aircraft interiors marketing director Florent Petteni said, “The A350 is a clean-sheet design that has been designed for those long-range flights.”