SINGAPORE AIRLINES WILL RELAUNCH THE WORLD’S
longest commercial flight on October 11, 2018, with a non-stop service from Singapore 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, surpassing Qatar Airways’ 17-and-a-half-hour 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.
The 161-seat aircraft has two classes: 94 premium economy seats and 67 business class seats. The airline last served the route in 2013 but dropped it because the A340-500s operating at the time proved economically unviable.
The route will initially operate three times a week, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Daily operations will commence from October 18 after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service.