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Airbus reveals new non-stop 20 hour plane

The Connexion, Aug 1

Plane manufacturer Airbus has unveiled its new A350 XWB aeroplane, which can fly for 20 hours - or 15,000km - without stopping.

The plane model itself - the A350 design - is not new, but the XWB, “Ultra Long Range” variant is a step forward for the technology that allows the aircraft to fly for so long without a break.

The plane can fly for over 15,000km without stopping, due to a new kind of engine, made - as is usual for Airbus jets - by British manufacturer Rolls Royce.

This engine uses less fuel and includes a change to the fuelling system, allowing the plane to carry up to 24,000 litres of kerosene without needing to be refuelled.

The system will also use 25% less fuel overall, Airbus has said.

The specific plane that was unveiled this week has been bought by far east company Singapore Airlines, and already bears its branding. The plane has just completed its pre-flight testing.

Singapore Airlines has ordered seven units of the new model, and is set to receive the first deliveries within the next few months.

The airline is expected to use the planes on its long-haul route between Singapore and the USA; and between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Tom Enders, the Airbus CEO, said on Twitter: « Big congratulations, Bertrand and team! Trailblazing work for future Airbus programs, well done! »

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