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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.


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


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


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

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