OREANDA-NEWS. Rolls-Royce has welcomed Singapore Airlines’ decision to order Airbus’ newly-launched Ultra-Long Range version of the A350-900.

The airline has amended its existing order for 63 A350-900s to include seven A350-900ULRs with capability for flights of up to 19 hours.

Singapore Airlines has also ordered an additional four A350-900s, taking its firm order total for the A30 XWB Family to 67.

All the aircraft are powered by the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB, the world’s most efficient large civil aero engine. The Trent XWB is the fastest-selling wide-body engine with more than 1,500 engines sold to 41 customers.

Goh Choon Phong, Singapore Airlines, CEO, said: “Our customers have been asking for us to re-start non-stop Singapore-US flights and we are pleased that Airbus was able to offer the right aircraft to do so in a commercially viable manner. This is another example of how we strive to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations by remaining at the forefront of product and service innovation in our industry. It will also further strengthen the Singapore hub by providing the fastest and most convenient air connectivity between North Americ and Southeast Asia.”

Fabrice Bregier, Airbus, President and CEO, said: “We are excited to be working with Singapore Airlines to re-launch its premium non-stop service to the US. The A350 is the perfect, flexible platform for such operations, offering unrivalled operating economics for the very longest routes. And the wider and quieter cabin will provide the perfect environment for passengers to enjoy the world-famous Singapore Airlines in-flight product.”

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President - Civil Large Engines said: “We warmly congratulate both Airbus and Singapore Airlines on the launch of the A350-900ULR. The Trent XWB takes the best in technology to deliver new standards of excellence and we look forward to supporting this latest development and also the additional aircraft ordered by Singapore Airlines.”