Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Singapore Airlines Is Officially Bringing Back the World's Longest Flight

Singapore Airlines announces dates of the world's longest flight Premium Economy to be fitted to the A350-900ULR
Elsie Buchanan | 02 June, 2018, 10:54

The airline will deploy the new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) for covering distance of 16,700km in up to 18 hours and 45 minutes.

SIA will operate the first flight to NY in October 11, 2018.

Because of the grueling flight time, Singapore Airlines has opted to eliminate economy seating on the route.

The airline served the Singapore-Newark route until 2013, but had to give it up when high oil prices made the Airbus A340-500s it was using uneconomical.

Airbus A350s typically have about 300 seats, meaning those in Singapore's plane will have more space, for which the airline will be able to charge a premium.

The airline also has plans to launch a non-stop Singapore-Los Angeles service using the A350-900ULR.

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Since Singapore Airlines will be launching the flight with the new A350-9000 ULR which is a new aircraft.

The airline's new long-range version of the A350-900 will have just 161 seats in two classes - 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy, with no regular economy section.

Singapore Airlines' chief executive Goh Choon Phong said his airline had pushed the boundaries to provide the best possible travel convenience. It is known to offer a more comfortable environment-a wider body, higher ceilings, larger windows and lighting that reduces jetlag.

The new nonstop service is expected to commence on October 11 and will operate daily between Singapore's Changi International Airport and Newark Liberty International in New Jersey. At 9,032 miles and 17 hours 40 minutes, this has been the world's longest flight since it first took to the heavens in February 2017. Its carbon composite airframe also allows for improved air quality due to a more optimised cabin altitude and humidity levels. The airline serves its other USA destinations via five European and Asian cities with fifth freedom flights from Frankfurt, Manchester, Seoul, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

It also serves New York's JFK airport, and Houston in Texas - although both these connections now involve a pause, in Frankfurt and Manchester respectively.

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