SIT TIGHT FOR NON-STOP FLIGHT
Take a look at this seat. Yes, it’s business class, so comfort isn’t a question. But anyone sitting in it on Thursday, when Singapore Airlines launches its non-stop Singapore-New York service, will be in it for a Very, Long, Time.
If you thought Qantas’s 17-hour direct Dreamliner flight from Perth to London, launched earlier this year, was long, try 18 hours and 45 minutes.
That’s how long the world’s new longest commercial flight – 16,700km between Singapore and Newark aboard the world’s first Airbus A350900ULR (ultra long-range) – will take.
The A350-900ULR, which is actually capable of flying for 20 hours non-stop, will have seats in only two classes: 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy. Its features – higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra-wide body, quieter cabins, improved air quality, and lighting designed to reduce jet lag – promise a more comfortable flight.
And the in-air health and wellbeing of passengers have been further considered by a partnership between US wellness brand Canyon
Ranch that includes food and rest and relaxation strategies and guided stretching exercises accessible in the seat-back entertainment systems.
Singapore Airlines will also use the aircraft when it launches SingaporeLos Angeles services on November 2.
NZ SKI PASS
As the New Zealand South Island ski season wraps up this weekend, discounts on its early-bird pass for Queenstown’s 2019 season have been announced. Season passes for Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt are $NZ649 (about $595), until January 31, almost half of the full price. And kind of like lay-by, it can also be paid in six instalments. Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are accessed from Queenstown and Mt Hutt – which has held the title of New Zealand’s best ski field for three years – is near Christchurch. 3PEAKPASS.CO.NZ
HERMITAGE HITS SYDNEY
You don’t have to go to Russia to see its treasures, with paintings from the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg going on show at the Art Gallery of NSW from next Saturday. Masters of modern art from the Hermitage, which runs until March 3, 2019, includes works by Monet, Kandinsky, Picasso, Cézanne, Matisse and Gauguin. Tickets are $28 (concession $24). ARTGALLERY.NSW.GOV.AU
MELBOURNE HOSTS MANDELA
Meanwhile, Melbourne has its own art show exclusive. Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition at Melbourne Museum has opened for the first time in the Victorian capital before embarking on a five-year worldwide tour from next year. The exhibits originate from the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the former president’s private collection. Tickets are $32 ($22 for concession/students). TICKETEK.COM.AU