Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

The longest flights in the world

Singapore Airlines Ready To Take Off World's Longest Flight Of 19 Hours World's longest non-stop flight set for take-off
Priscilla Morrison | 13 October, 2018, 12:41

The world's longest flight is taking travelers from Singapore to NY.

This is not the first time that Singapore has operated this route, as it is a resumption of service on the route that was operated from 2004 until 2013.

The world's longest commercial non-stop flight will take off from Singapore Changi Airport at 4.45pm United Kingdom time today.

On Thursday night (Oct 11), for the first time in five years, Singapore Airlines Flight SQ22 took to the skies from Changi Airport. The 15,000 km trip will take an estimated 19 hours.

Singapore Airlines has set the record for the longest flight ever after Flight SQ22 landed in the USA last night.

The flight will initially operate just three times per week, before going into daily service on October 18.

The earlier version of this Singapore Airlines route, a decade ago, used four engine planes, and they weren't efficient enough.

Senior Singapore Airlines executive Campbell Wilson said the Airbus A350-900ULR consumes 25 percent less fuel than an older generation aircraft of the same size.

"We are optimistic about the demand for non-stop services to the USA", the spokesman said.

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A one-way ticket from Singapore to NY on this flight costs about US$2,150 (70,000 baht) in premium economy and $3,500 for a roundtrip itinerary, according to the Singapore Airlines website.

To make the almost 19-hour flight bearable, Singapore Airlines has opted for a cabin configuration with 94 premium economy seats and 67 business class seats. Although business class customers will have a standard lie-flat seat, they'll also see some enhanced amenities such as two pillows and a mattress cover for additional comfort when sleeping.

Premium economy seats are spread across a single cabin in the back in a mostly 2-4-2 pattern.

The Singapore carrier has seven more A350-900ULRs on firm order with Airbus. "Though Singapore Airlines flew longest distance and duration flights for a full decade using a different aircraft, technology has advanced to the point where we can now re-launch ultra-long-haul flights in cost-effective way".

It says the stronger cabin pressure, combined with the latest air conditioning, reduces passenger fatigue and leads to a less dry cabin environment.

Passengers on Flight SQ22 were invited Thursday to celebrations at the gate, where flight attendants performed songs including the hit "New York, New York".

It has since flown to New York's JFK Airport via Frankfurt and to Los Angeles via Tokyo and Seoul. Kolkata gets a Singapore Airlines flight around the Pujos time, which we are in. Its on-time arrival just before 6:00 a.m.at Newark marked the dawn of a new reign in the ultra-long-haul field. After a short stopover, he will then travel to Manchester before heading home to Ireland after some 34 hours in the air. We now operate 40 flights a week between Singapore and the USA, which will increase to 53 flights by December 7, 2018.

Other passengers were more apprehensive.

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