World Longest Flight From Singapore to New York Finally Landed

13 October, 2018, 12:04 | Author: Frank Williams
  • Singapore Airlines' new aircraft will fly nearly 19 hours non-stop

With enthusiasm and a bit of anxiety, 150 people today boarded to an Airbus, which took off from Singapore for a 19-hour marathon flight to NY.

Two pilots, a special "wellness" menu and more than a thousand hours of inflight entertainment will accompany travellers on the first 10,400-mile flight to the Big Apple today (Thursday, October 11).

The new route will be undertaken by the new Airbus A350-900 Ultra Long Range (ULR) aircraft, and will feature only premium economy and business class seats. In this case, I present to you the Airbus A350-900ULR.

It topped the previous longest direct air link between cities - Qatar Airways Flight 921 from Auckland to Doha, which takes 17 hours 40 minutes.

The airline has already ordered seven new ultra-long range twin-engine Airbus SE AIR.PA A350-900ULRs fitted with just 161 business class and premium economy seats - and no economy class seats - for the US capacity increase. The airline is now using the an Airbus A350-900 aircraft with 161 seats, 92 fewer than the company's usual seat count on the same aircraft.

The 16,700-kilometer flight takes 18 hours and 45 minutes.

The menu will be created to promote "nutrition and hydration", featuring "science based recommendations" - but don't worry, there're still hearty options including burgers and a particularly fancy rib-eye steak that passengers can pre-order via the airline's "Book the Cook" application.

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The cabins in the plane have higher than the normal ceilings, larger windows than the normal and lighting created to reduce jet lag. "We are mainly anxious about cases of deep vein thrombosis" that can be caused by long-standing passengers and dehydration, said Gheel Kro, a consultant at Singapore's National University Hospital.

Airbus developed the latest model for extra-long flights.

'My cousin said 'hey, this is in the press.' I'm going to take pictures and show her, ' she said.

"It's turning out to be a race between a few airlines eyeing the longest routes inter-continentally", said Shukor Yusof of aviation consultancy Endau Analytics.

Singaporean airlines is hoping that the introduction of more fuel-efficient planes will become a permanent thing as fuel prices continue to soar.

Facing increasingly strong competition in recent years, Singapore Airlines has consolidated its low-fare subsidiaries and is strengthening its premium segment. With SIA's new non-stop services, there will be 72 weekly passenger services between Changi and the United States, noted Changi Airport Group spokesman Ivan Tan.

This was abandoned in 2013 due to high oil prices.

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