Singapore Airlines' (SIA) is a step closer reclaiming the title of having the world's longest nonstop passenger flight after the first of its seven Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range) aircraft on order emerged from the manufacturer's Toulouse paintshop.
The aircraft, MSN220, has been painted in the airline's livery and will undergo some further testing before being delivered to the airline "in the coming months", Airbus said on Monday (European time). SIA has said previously the first A350-900ULR would be delivered by September.
The A350-900ULR will allow SIA to resume nonstop Singapore-New York flights which are scheduled to begin on October 11 2018. The 8,285nm route was suspended in 2013 when when high fuel prices made it uneconomical with Airbus A340-500s.