WORLD’S LONGEST FLIGHT WILL HAVE ALL PREMIUM SEATING
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.