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SIA plans to use A350 to regain longest route in world

August 20, 2015 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59Singapore Airlines is earmarked to be first customer for a special, ultra-long-range version of the Airbus A350 that will let the Singaporean airline regain its ability to fly non-stop between Singapore and Newark, gateway to New York.

SIA formerly flew the route (longest commercial route in the world) with four-engined A340-500s, configured all business class. SIA dropped it in 2013. The A340’s four engines made fuel use too expensive to be commercially viable.

Since then, the longest non-stop commercial airline route in the world has been the Qantas Sydney-Dallas route, by A380s. The title will next year pass to Emirates, when the Dubai-based carrier launches a Dubai to Panama City route, which is marginally longer. See: World’s longest flight: Emirates set to take Qantas crown

SIA wants the world’s longest route mantle back again and it should regain it in 2018.

The A350 is Airbus’s equivalent of the B787 Dreamliner and Airbus claims it is considerably more fuel efficient than its Boeing rival. Many observers wonder why Qantas hasn’t ordered any.

In his Plane Talking blog on, aviation reporter Ben Sandilands says Airbus could also in the coming decade make a re-engined higher weight version of the A380 which would fly a viable payload for 19-20 hours.

Sandilands observes that Emirates currently flies the 575-tonne versions of the A380 non-stop each way Dubai-Los Angeles, a route that is usually done in around 15 hours 45 minutes, while Qantas flies the earlier 569 tonnes version non-stop each way between Sydney and Dallas Fort Worth, scheduling 16 hours 50 minutes for the return flight into headwinds with a payload restriction.

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    Why do airlines assume people want the mega-long distance flights? One good multi-million dollar DVT claim and the airlines might decide that 18hr flights in tiny seats with restricted legroom may not be as smart as they think.

    And isn’t it funny that ‘experts’ think Qantas should have bought the B777 but instead they bought the A330, and now the same ‘experts’ say they should buy the A350 but they buy the B787. So they first bought Airbus instead of Boeing, and this time they bought Boeing instead of Airbus. I guess someone is right and someone is wrong. I personally think the B777 and the A350 are the best aircraft, albeit the ones Qantas decided against.

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