Singapore Airlines’ first ultra long-range A350-900ULR has depart

Toulouse for its home base, following official delivery of the twinjet to the carrier.

The aircraft (9V-SGA), powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, took off from Toulouse at around 18:10 on 22 September.

Singapore Airlines will start operating the jet on its route network on 11 October, with the launch of nonstop services to New York.

The airline will also use the A350-900ULR on services to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

“We have pushed the limits with this highly-advanced new aircraft to extend long-range flying to new lengths,” says Singapore Airlines chief Goh Choon Phong.

Airbus confirms that it has delivered the aircraft to the carrier. It says that the jet has a range of up to 9,700nm.

Singapore Airlines has seven of the variant on order, configured with 161 seats – comprising 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy.