Via the Australian Business Traveller, Airbus has announced that the Airbus A350-900LR will have a range of 8,700 miles, which is enough to fly Singapore to New York and LA.
It isn’t clear how many cabins the aircraft will have, but it will have something in the range of 170 seats, and Airbus note that there will be a new business seat.
Airbus says that they are doing it in such a way, that the aircraft can be reconfigured to a non LR version fairly easily, in the event that the A350-900LR operated flights from Singapore to New York and LA turn out to not be as profitable as envisioned.
Those modifications to the A350-900ULR over its off-the-shelf sibling include “a higher capacity fuel system within the existing fuel tanks”, says Airbus, rather than fitting extra tanks.
The revamped fuel system will boost carrying capacity from 141,000 litres to 165,000 litres and will allow any 900ULR “be reconfigured easily to the standard A350-900 specification” should the non-stop market grow softer than SQ’s current forecasts.
Don’t look for this flight to restart until sometime in 2018, if the schedule holds.