By the end of this year, passengers on Singapore Airlines’ newest plane, the Airbus A350-900ULR for Ultra Long-Range will travel on a record-breaking, globe-spanning flight that will reconnect the two major metropolises.
The airline is now taking delivery of Airbus’ newest wide-body, the A350-900. Singapore Airlines has ordered seven of the ULRs and on April 23, the plane had its first test flight.
The ULR will be able to fly a remarkable 11,160 miles, an increase of more than 1,800 miles over the standard A350. It means that Singapore Airlines will reclaim a travel crown: that of running the world’s longest nonstop air route.
But how will passengers comfortably fly and endure a flight that lasts the better part of a full day?
“The A350 is a clean-sheet design that has been designed for those long-range flights,” Florent Petteni, Airbus’ aircraft interiors marketing director for the A350, says.
All A350s share Airbus’ design philosophy that makes the aircraft cabin feel more like a room, rather than a long tube. The plane has high ceilings, sophisticated LED lighting, almost vertical sidewalls and a low noise level.
“You may not exactly pinpoint why it’s so comfortable and so nice to be flying on this airplane, but everything was done on purpose.”
This allowed Airbus to include wide, panoramic windows. Lots of windows.
“We have no missing windows. Whenever a passenger selects a window seat, they will always get a window,” says Petteni. This eliminates the dreaded “windowless” window seat found on other aircraft.
But given the ultra long-range mission of the ULR, it was equally important to ensure that the cabin can be made fully dark, to give passengers a restful sleep environment.
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