A350 XWB took off from the Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse to have a short flight above the south of France and returning to the French city. Later this year, Singapore Airlines is to operate a record-breaking route between Singapore and New York, the distance of which is 9521 miles. Currently the longest route is operated between Doha and Auckland by Qatar Airways which is 9,028 miles.
The aircraft has a range of 9,700 miles with a new fuel system that enables it to carry 24,000 litres without the need for additional fuel tanks and could fly over 20 hours non-stop. Airbus says of its new aircraft: “The A350 XWB is an all new family of widebody long-haul airliners shaping the future of air travel. The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines.
Though the aircraft will be first flown by Singapore Airlines, which has ordered seven of the plane, Australian carrier Qantas is progressing towards challenging Airbus and Boeing to design an aircraft capable of flying direct between London and Sydney.