Photo: Airbus A350-900URL out from assembly line
Last Monday, Qantas executives went on an Airbus flight, testing options for its ‘project sunrise’ ultra-long-haul flight. Qantas challenged both plane makers to come out with a plane that can fly non-stop for 20 hours, flying from Sydney to London and New York.
Airbus pitting its A350-900URL(Ultra Long Range) up against Boeing’s 777-8X to be chosen by Qantas for its ambitious ‘project sunrise’
Last month Airbus rolled out A350-900URL of assembly line and now said “We are very well placed… we designed the aeroplane to cover long-haul routes…”
The A350-900URL could fly further due to its light-weight carbon-fibre construction, means burning less fuel to get those extra miles. The plane maker also said, the A350-900ULR has a modified fuel system that increases the fuel carrying capacity by 24,000 litres (from 141,000 litres to 165,000 litres) over the standard A350-900 without the need for additional fuel tanks.
Qantas has eight A380 super jumbos on order, but has said it has no intention of ever receiving them. The Qantas may switch the A380 orders to A350-900URLs or A350-1000s..
The list price of A350-1000 is $366 million, and -900 is $317 million.