no. 2 Now you can be­come a worl­drecord set­ting flyer.

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia - - REASONS TO TRAVEL NOW -

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.

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