no. 2 Now you can become a worldrecord setting flyer.
This month, Singapore Airlines launches the longest commercial flight in the world, from Singapore to Newark, which clocks in at more than 18 hours. So how exactly do you survive three quarters of a day in the air? The short answer is that the new A350-900ULR is built precisely for such long hauls; here is why we’re excited to get on board.
Departing at 11:35 p.m. from Singapore, you’ll head non-stop to the U.S., landing in New Jersey at 6 a.m. the following day. Not bad, if you forget about time zones, and enjoy the diversions and comfort levels on board.
Singapore Airlines’ version of the aircraft offers only two cabins, business and premium economy, and that alone means much more space. Consider that this version has 67 business-class and 94 premium economy seats, compared with SIA’s standard A350-900, which offers 42 business, 24 premium economy and 187 economy seats, and you begin to get the idea.
The inflight entertainment system has more than 1,500 options, including more than 290 movies, 600-plus television programs and 800 audio CDs. Passengers can bookmark the content, saving preferences and playlists for future flights. If none of this appeals— unlikely—the aircraft also offers Wi-Fi.
As for food service, Singapore Airlines is centering their new menus on a wellness theme. That means a focus on nutrition and hydration—think bold flavors and textures in addition to the regular dishes on offer.
As for the things you don’t see, the cabin of the A350-900ULR is designed to provide better air pressure (read: more oxygen) and increased humidity, both of which mean you’ll feel better refreshed after any long-haul flight.
There are up to 24 customizable lighting scenarios on this aircraft that simulate different times of the day, mimicking natural sunrise and sunset, which helps passengers better acclimate to time changes. — CHRISTOPHER KUCWAY
Business comforts on Singapore Airlines’ new long-haul.