Singapore Airlines last Thursday launched the world’s longest commercial flight, between Singapore and New York, and more are set to come.
The new non-stop flight between Singapore and New York departed Changi International Airport on 11 October 2018 at 11:37pm (SIN time) and arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport a day later, at 05:29am (US Eastern time). The flight duration was 17 hours and 52 minutes.
Operated by the all-new Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range), the route will initially be served thrice-weekly, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The aircraft is configured in a two-class layout, with 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy class seats. Singapore Airlines’ CEO, Goh Choon Phong, says that the aircraft has been designed with the customers’ well-being in mind, with sleep strategies and specific cabin lighting settings to enhance cabin ambience for rest and relaxation.
The aircraft is designed with higher ceilings, larger windows and an extra wide body to help reduce jetlag and ensure that customers feel well rested and relaxed upon arrival, he adds. The Airbus A350 also features a world first in in-flight entertainment with myKrisWorld, which content recommendations based on customer preferences and viewing history.
Mr Goh says: “Singapore Airlines is proud to introduce the world’s longest commercial flights with the new A350-900ULR and we are even more excited to be providing customers with improved connectivity between Singapore and the United States. This demonstrates our commitment to putting our customers’ needs first.”
Singapore Airlines says it has seven rm orders with Airbus for the A350-900ULR.
The new plane will also be used on non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles from November 2, as well as to increase services on the existing Singapore-San Francisco route. By the end of the year, Singapore Airlines says it will have 27 non- stop flights per week between Singapore and the United States.