Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier said that his company is running the numbers on the long-legged jet, which would be based on the A350-900 and has been dubbed the 'A350-900LR'.
"We are studying it, we are not developing it" Brégier qualified, when asked about this latest skew on the A350 family during a press briefing in Toulouse.
"We know the A350 would be capable of what we call ultra-long range missions, flights of 18 or 19 hours, with some limited modifications" Brégier said.
"It's a niche market," Brégier added, saying the A350-900LR would add to the overall appeal of the A350 line-up, which from mid-2017 will include the larger A350-1000.
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"We see customers who want the versatility of the family, so if they want to try long range we can also offer that."
The 900LR variant would see additional fuel tanks added to the A350-900 to boost its range.
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Airbus executive vice president for strategy and marketing, Kiran Rao, recently suggested the A350-900LR would carry fewer passengers, saying "I can’t go into details on the type of layouts they’re looking at but it would be a premium service."
Singapore Airlines has been lobbying both Airbus and Boeing for a globe-spanning jet, which would allow it to resume non-stop flights between Singapore and the USA, potentially including a 19 hour trek to New York.
The airline previously ran ‘all business class’ flights to Los Angeles and NY-adjacent Newark on the older four-engined Airbus A340 but axed the service in 2013 due to the rising fuel costs.