Singapore Airlines relaunches world's longest nonstop flight

A Singapore Airlines plane in the air

A Singapore Airlines plane in the air

Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIAL.SI) is poised for a major boost to its USA footprint from Thursday evening as it resumes, after five years, the world's longest commercial flight - a near-19 hour non-stop from Singapore to NY.

"Singapore Airlines has always taken pride in pushing the boundaries to provide the best possible travel convenience for our customers, and we are pleased to be leading the way with these new nonstop flights using the latest-technology, ultra-long-range Airbus A350-900ULR", said Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong.

Senior Singapore Airlines executive Campbell Wilson said the Airbus A350-900ULR consumes 25 percent less fuel than an older generation aircraft of the same size. A new Singapore Airlines route connecting the city-state to the NY area goes into operation on October 11, 2018 becoming the longest commercial plane ride in the world. The new configuration has 67 business class and 94 premium economy seats which means more space, with 67 flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration for business class and 94 premium economy places in a mostly 2-4-2 arrangement at the rear.

News 12 New Jersey has been told that prior to take off from Singapore, business class tickets were sold out.

Analyst Shukor, however, said it remained to be seen whether the airline and other operators of marathon flights can withstand the pressure from rising oil prices.

The 14,500-kilometer Qantas service launched this year is the first regular link between Australia and Europe, with the airline's Boeing 787 fleet connecting Perth and London. Mood lighting will also be used throughout the flight to help encourage sleep when needed and adjusting to new time zones, helping to combat jet lag.

Presumably the passengers on the inaugural will hope this is not necessary this evening, with the flight time being estimated as 18 hours and 35 minutes.

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If two meals aren't enough during a 19-hour flight, the premium economy ticket offers an additional meal on top of the refreshments. He told the BBC "This is a route between two massive financial hubs, and so they will fill this plane up with business people, or well-heeled travellers who want the convenience of a non stop flight".

"In the boom times you get a lot of what we call direct-connect flights between smaller cities..." Operated by Singapore Airlines, the city-state's national carrier, the trip will take less than 19 hours.

"Cabin crew have been instructed to use the locker in the event of a death on a long-haul flight - particularly if the aircraft is busy, with no free seats on which to lay out the deceased", reports The Guardian.

But the ultra-long-range version that SIA has bought from Airbus has the longest capability of any aircraft flying today, thanks in part to a slightly modified fuel system.

Aside from seating, the A350 fields an array of jet lag-fighting features, all created to minimize the effects of long-haul flight. "Highly recommended if you are flying from Singapore to NYC in future".

On Nov 2, it will begin flying non-stop to Los Angeles as well. Bathrooms in the premium economy section are fitted with a spray for hydration. So from an airline perspective, these routes are money-making.

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