Jet­liner lands in US af­ter world’s long­est flight

Kuwait Times - - Business -

NEW YORK: An Air­bus jet­liner ar­rived in Ne­wark on Fri­day af­ter a nearly 18-hour trip from Sin­ga­pore, com­plet­ing the world’s long­est com­mer­cial flight. It marked the re­vival of a route that had been elim­i­nated in 2013. Sin­ga­pore Air­lines Flight SQ22 ar­rived at 5.29 am (0929 GMT), hav­ing left Sin­ga­pore’s Changi air­port at 11.23 pm, the Ne­wark Lib­erty In­ter­na­tional Air­port web­site said. That made for a flight of 17 hours and 52 min­utes. The flight had been sched­uled to take 18 hours and 25 min­utes. The plane was car­ry­ing 150 pas­sen­gers and 17 crew mem­bers as it trav­eled 10,250 miles (16,500 kilo­me­ters).

“I feel per­fectly well rested,” said Kristo­pher Al­ladin, a 37-year-old Cana­dian. “I’m lucky be­cause I’m able to sleep on the plane.” Fly­ing from New York to Sin­ga­pore would be a longer jour­ney, last­ing an es­ti­mated 18 hours and 45 min­utes. The first flight in that di­rec­tion took off from Ne­wark at 11:10 am Fri­day. Sin­ga­pore Air­lines only of­fers pre­mium econ­omy and busi­ness seats on the flight-no reg­u­lar econ­omy seats. “Al­though you’re in pre­mium eco, you feel like you’re in first class,” said Al­ladin, adding that he had taken the same flight in 2008. “The flight was very smooth, very quiet.” ‘Ended too fast!’

“The flight was great, smooth, en­joy­able and ended too fast!” said Danny Ong, an engi­neer and flight en­thu­si­ast from Sin­ga­pore, af­ter land­ing in Ne­wark.

“We were served a sup­per of three choices af­ter take­off. I slept soundly, woke up and re­al­ized [there were] around eight hours left,” said Ong, who took the first flight back to Sin­ga­pore, straight af­ter land­ing in Ne­wark. “The crews were at­ten­tive, pro­fes­sional and re­sponded promptly. Highly rec­om­mended if you are fly­ing from Sin­ga­pore to NYC in fu­ture.”

A one-way ticket from Sin­ga­pore to New York on this flight costs about $2,150 in pre­mium econ­omy and $3,500 for a roundtrip itin­er­ary, ac­cord­ing to the Sin­ga­pore Air­lines web­site.

Sin­ga­pore Air­lines orig­i­nally flew the route for nine years us­ing the gas-guz­zling, four-en­gine A340-500 plane be­fore aban­don­ing it in 2013 be­cause high oil prices made the ser­vice un­prof­itable. This trip was made with the new, more fuel ef­fi­cient Air­bus A350900ULR, which con­sumes 25 per­cent less fuel than its pre­de­ces­sor.

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