SINGAPORE AIRLINES REVIVES 19HOUR FLIGHT TO NEWARK
SINGAPORE» The world’s longest direct commercial flight is back and taking travelers from Singapore to the New York region.
Operated by Singapore Airlines, the citystate’s national carrier, the trip takes slightly under 19 hours. Skipping a stopover in Frankfurt will save hours of traveling time, the carrier says.
The route between Changi Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey will be served three times a week; it started Thursday. A week later, the carrier will offer daily flights, after a second Airbus A350900ULR aircraft is delivered.
Singapore Airlines launched the recordbreaking route in 2004 but canceled it nine years later because of rising fuel prices.
Campbell Wilson, senior vice president of sales and marketing, said the Airbus A350900ULR, which was delivered two weeks ago, consumes 25 percent less fuel than an older generation aircraft of the same size. “It allows us to offer a service that eliminates a transfer in the middle, it saves people six hours, it gets people there in comfort . ... We think it’s going to be a good success,” Wilson said.
The long flight won’t have any economy seats. Instead, it has 94 morespacious premium economy and 67 businessclass seats, which can fold out into beds.