Singapore Airlines announces 19-hour ultra-marathon to NY

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900 plane takes off at Changi Airport in Singapore

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900 plane takes off at Changi Airport in Singapore

Starting from May 31, passengers will be able to book the 9,500 mile-flight, which will last up to 18 hours and 45 minutes. There is, however, no room for hoi polloi.

"The new SIA New York service is South-east Asia's only non-stop connection to the North American east coast, and I'm confident it will be well-received by Changi Airport's passengers, especially time-pressed business travellers".

Singapore Airlines will launch the world's longest non-stop flight route in October with a plane that offers no economy class seating.

In a bold move, the plane flying the Singapore to NY route will only offer premium seating, with 67 business class and 94 premium economy class seats.

According to a statement from SIA, the route will initially be served three times a week, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

Airlines including Singapore Airlines, Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX) and USA -based United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N) are adding ultra-long haul flights that can capture an airfare premium of around 20 percent versus flights involving one or more stops.

Keen observers of aviation trends will point out that the "new" Singapore Airlines flight to Newark is not really new at all.

The current record holder is Qatar Airways Flight 921 from Auckland to Doha, which takes 17 hours 40 minutes.

Singapore Airlines is Airbus' first and to date only customer for the A350-900ULR, an ultra-long range version of the fuel-efficient twin-engine A350 jet. The new A350s are more integrated into the Singapore Airlines fleet.

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.

In comparison, the Perth-London direct flight is about 14,400km.

The airline has also revealed its plans to launch a non-stop flight from Singapore to Los Angeles, saying that further details would be provided later.

He added: "Over the past two years, non-stop services from Changi Airport to Los Angeles and San Francisco were launched, as well as a new service to Honolulu (via Osaka)".

Its return will see the first use of the Airbus A350-900ULR.

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