Singapore Airlines to Launch World’s Longest Flights

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch the world’s longest commercial flights in October, with non-stop services between Singapore and New York using the new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range).

These services will cover a distance of some 16,700km, with a travelling time of nearly 19 hours.

SIA is the world’s first customer for the new aircraft which the airline will configure in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class (image below) seats.

Flights commence on 11 October 2018 to Newark Liberty International Airport, initially just three times a week departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

Daily operations will commence from 18 October after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service.

“Singapore Airlines has always taken pride in pushing the boundaries to provide the best possible travel convenience for our customers, and we are pleased to be leading the way with these new non-stop flights using the latest-technology, ultra-long-range Airbus A350-900ULR,” said Singapore Airlines’ CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.

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 designed to reduce jetlag. Its carbon composite airframe also allows for improved air quality due to a more optimised cabin altitude and humidity levels.

Singapore Airlines currently serves New York JFK, daily via Frankfurt. Other US destinations include Houston (five times weekly via Manchester), Los Angeles (daily via Seoul and daily via Tokyo), and San Francisco (daily non-stop from Singapore as well as daily via Hong Kong).

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