The newest version of Airbus A350-900 commercial airliner, the Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra-Long Range), is designed to operate the world's longest direct flight thanks to its ability to fly for up to 19 hours non-stop.
This airliner boasts a range of up to 16,112 km, and has been tapped by Singapore Airlines to operate direct flights from Singapore to Los Angeles and Singapore to New York.
The Airbus A350-900 can fly these ridiculous distances thanks to a number of changes made to its construction. These include a modified fuel setup that increases its fuel-carrying capacity from 141,000 liters to 165,000 liters, a range of aerodynamic refinements and an increase in the maximum take-off weight to 309 tons.
While the thought of spending 19 hours in an airplane may not sound pleasant, there's no question that the ultra-long haul flights set to be offered by the new Airbus A350-900 are a game-changer in airline travel.
The New Airbus A350-900 Will Service 19-Hour Direct Flights
Rahul Kalvapalle — October 16, 2015 — Autos