Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

This is the world’s longest flight, filled with uniqueness

This is the world’s longest flight, filled with uniqueness

The 16,700-kilometer (10,400 mile) journey between the Asian hub and the Big Apple will take just under 19 hours, topping the existing long-haul flights by a distance. Singapore Airlines says there are no economy seats; although most of the non-business class cabin is outfitted as "premium economy".

Singapore Airlines will use the long-range Airbus A350-900ULR, configured to carry 161 passengers - 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy, with no economy seats.

"Now that you asked me, I'm a little bit anxious".

In a nod to its history, the non-stop Singapore-Newark (New Jersey) service reclaimed the same flight number that was used when SIA operated the route between 2004 and 2013.

This new flight edges out previous record holder Qatar Air's 17.5-hour flight between Auckland and Doha. "I'm lucky because I'm able to sleep on the plane".

Singapore Airlines has launched the world's longest commercial flight, with non-stop services between Singapore and NY offered three times a week.

Customers also have greater control over their in-flight entertainment (IFE) experience with myKrisWorld - a world-first IFE personalisation offering that provides content recommendations based on customer preferences and viewing history. "I love to fly!"

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Of two possible routes that SIA could take to Newark, SIA has told passengers it will take the North Pacific route.

"This is an event that, in many ways, has been five years in the making", said Singapore Airlines spokesman James Boyd.

The A350-900ULR will offer customers a more comfortable travelling experience with features such as higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting created to reduce jetlag. "Currently, we have only a daily, non-stop flight from Singapore to San Francisco".

According to Airbus, the twin-engine A350-900ULR burns 25 per cent less fuel compared to other aircraft of a similar size.

"They are hoping to capitalize and exploit a very niche market", he told AFP. Clearly there's a new leader in ultra-long-haul travel and Singapore Airlines' reign has only just begun.

The company is the first airline in the world to operate the A350-900ULR plane. The first aircraft was delivered in September, and six more are due to arrive before the end of the year.

"We are optimistic about the demand for non-stop services to the United States", the spokesman said. However, if anyone wishes to join the flight, there might still be a handful of economy seats available.

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