The Quick­est Way to NYC

Af­ter five years, Sin­ga­pore Air­lines re­boots its 18hr 45min flight, be­cause non-stop fly­ing is re­ally a bet­ter way to fly.

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Even if Star Trek­style beam­ing never comes our way, we’re still for the fastest way to any­where – es­pe­cially if we have to fly to get there.

Be­tween 2004 and 2013, Sin­ga­pore Air­lines in­tro­duced the first flight from here to New York City in just un­der 19 hours. No stopovers. No walk­ing around like a zom­bie to kill time. No mad rush for a con­nect­ing flight. Then, the 2008 fi­nan­cial cri­sis and sky­rock­et­ing fuel prices made SIA lay one of its best ideas to rest.

Un­til now – when the need for quick get­aways has be­come the norm, and the air­line has a fleet of Air­bus A350900ULRs that are made for long hauls that don’t feel so long haul. First, it has no coach seats be­cause SIA knows com­fort is key. “Coach” is now 94 pre­mium econ­omy seats with calf rests built into your seat,

not at­tached to the back of some­one else’s. Ar­ranged in 2-4-2 and 1-4-1 con­fig­u­ra­tions for eas­ier ac­cess, the seats are also wider and can re­cline up to 20.3cm (that’s about 5cm more than stan­dard econ­omy).

To help us op­ti­mise our rest hours (we do have more than 18 hours to kill, so catch­ing some se­ri­ous Zs for eight hours is a good start), cabin light­ing is ad­justed through­out the flight (or­ange, red and yel­low to in­duce sleep; white and blue to wake us up).

To help us feel bet­ter, stretch­ing ex­er­cises are rec­om­mended via the en­ter­tain­ment screen by Amer­i­can pre­mier in­te­gra­tive well­ness brand Canyon Ranch, in part­ner­ship with Sin­ga­pore Air­lines.

With eight hours down, what does one do with the other 10-ish hours? Well, since pre­mium econ­omy serves three meals at fixed tim­ings (the 67 busi­ness­class pas­sen­gers can eat when­ever and how­ever much they want), it shaves off three hours eas­ily.

Now, we have seven hours left – not hard to man­age on the world’s long­est flight, as SIA has added 200 hours of con­tent (on top of the pre­vi­ous 1,000) on My Kris­world to cel­e­brate the launch of its new air­craft.

Now, Con­corde, did you say you were mak­ing a come­back?

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