Singaporean Airline Announces World's Longest Commercial Flight

Singaporean Airline Announces World's Longest Commercial Flight

Singaporean Airline Announces World's Longest Commercial Flight

At a scheduled 18 hours 45 minutes in length, and a distance of 9,537 miles, this "Singapore-New York" connection will be the world's longest passenger service.

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.

This time around, the airline will use Airbus's brand new A350-900ULR to operate the ultra-long flight.

The A35-900ULR offers better fuel efficiency and is created to offer a more comfortable travelling environment with higher ceilings, larger windows, a wider body and lighting which reduces jetlag.

Singapore Airlines had a flight for a similar route between 2004 and 2013 but they scrapped it following a dip in revenues.

Flights are to be launched on October 11, 2018, to Newark Liberty International Airport. Tickets for the flights will be available for purchase via "various booking channels" beginning Thursday, according to the airline. SIA will continue to operate its existing one-stop service to NY via Frankfurt. But a switch from the Airbus SE A340-500 to the new Airbus A350-900ULR has put the route back on the map.

"We are pleased to be leading the way with these new non-stop flights using the latest-technology, ultra-long-range Airbus A350-900ULR".

Non-stop Singapore to Los Angeles flights are also planned with the A350-900ULR, details of which will be announced at a later date. Seven more such aircraft are due for delivery by the end of the year.

Super long-haul flights are becoming more frequent with aircraft efficiency keeping costs down, and the airlines able to charge a premium over flights which include a stop-off.

This isn't the first time Singapore Airlines is flying non-stop to the East Coast U.S. from its hub in Singapore.

It will lose its title in the autumn, but will remain longer than the air-link between London Heathrow and Perth which launched in March of this year.

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

Earlier this year, Qantas started the first non-stop flights between Australia and the United Kingdom, launching its Perth to London route with a 787-9 Dreamliner.

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