PICTURE: Airbus rolls out first A350-900ULR

Airbus has rolled out the first ultra long-range Airbus A350-900, the variant which is destined to be delivered initially to Singapore Airlines.

The aircraft, yet to be fitted with its Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, is being transferred to an outdoor station for ground tests, says the airframer.

Airbus adds that it will undergo a "short" flight-test programme to check the modifications which give the -900ULR its long-range capabilities – including the adapted fuel system which provides for 24,000 litres of extra fuel.

It will have a maximum take-off weight of 280t.

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"The test phase will also measure enhanced performance derived from aerodynamic improvements, including extended winglets," adds Airbus.

The -900ULR will have a range of up to 9,700nm.

Singapore Airlines plans to use the twinjet on services to New York. It is to receive seven of the variant.

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