The changes to the A350-900ULR

By Bjorn Fehrm

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June 28, 2017, © Leeham News: Airbus has published more information about the A350-900ULR Singapore Airlines will get after the summer.

The new A350-900 Airport Planning Guide from Airbus shows the A350-900ULR has a deactivated forward Cargo compartment. It’s good for the performance of the aircraft. We explain why.


  • For a ULR aircraft, the carry of cargo is an exception.
  • The standard A350-900 has cargo bays with 36 LD3 positions. On the A350-900ULR only a few would be used.
  • Airbus, therefore, decided to run with only one cargo hold, by it gaining performance on the ULR missions.

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