WORLD’S LONG­EST FLIGHT WILL HAVE ALL PRE­MIUM SEAT­ING

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - UPFRONT - sin­ga­pore­air.com

SIN­GA­PORE AIR­LINES (SIA) will re­launch the world’s long­est com­mer­cial flight on Oc­to­ber 11, 2018, with a non-stop ser­vice to New York’s Newark Lib­erty In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The mam­moth jour­ney will cover a dis­tance of roughly 16,700km (9,000 nau­ti­cal miles) and take up to 18 hours and 45 min­utes, eas­ily sur­pass­ing Qatar Air­ways’ 17-and-a-halfhour ser­vice (14,535km) from Doha to Auck­land – the cur­rent ti­tle holder.

The flights will be op­er­ated by the new Air­bus A350-900ULR (ul­tra-long range), of which Sin­ga­pore is the launch cus­tomer, with the first air­craft due to be de­liv­ered in Septem­ber.

Mer­ci­fully, per­haps, SIA’s first A350-900ULR will not fea­ture an econ­omy class cabin, with the air­craft con­fig­ured in a two-class layout com­pris­ing 67 busi­ness class seats and 94 pre­mium econ­omy seats.

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