Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

World's longest flight from Singapore to NY takes off

Singapore Airlines' new aircraft will fly nearly 19 hours non-stop Singapore Airlines' new aircraft will fly nearly 19 hours
Priscilla Morrison | 13 October, 2018, 10:32

Long-haul flights halfway across the globe are making a comeback even with oil prices close to their highest in four years.

Thursday's flight will top the current longest direct air link between cities - Qatar Airways Flight 921 from Auckland to Doha, which takes 17 hours 40 minutes.

Singapore Airlines Ltd SIAL.SI is poised for a major boost to its USA footprint from Thursday evening as it resumes, after five years, the world's longest commercial flight - a near-19 hour non-stop from Singapore to NY.

The trophy is now held by Qatar Airways on its Auckland-Doha service with a nominal flight time of just over 18 hours and a distance of 14,535kms (9.032 miles) using a Boeing 777-200LR.

Flight number SQ22 of the Singapore Airline will use the long-range Airbus A350-900ULR for the world's longest flight.

Flying further than ever before with the Ultra Long Range #A350 XWB!

United Airlines offers non-stop flights from Singapore to San Francisco, while other carriers like Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd 0293.HK and Taiwan's EVA Airways Corp 2618.TW compete with one-stop Singapore-U.S. offerings.

Airbus developed the latest model for extra-long flights. The details further said that the flight has been created to carry 161 passengers which include 67 in the business class and 94 in the premium economy.

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The flight won't have any economy seats.

Singapore Airlines is the first carrier in the world to operate the A350-900ULR.

According to the airline, the menu options have been chosen to "promote well-being in the skies", with a healthy selection of organic options on offer.

Mr Thomas, the editor-in-chief of airline rating site Airlineratings.com, has been on several such inaugural flights, including Qantas' new long-haul from Perth to London, inaugurated earlier this year.

And if the airline's International Culinary Panel of celebrity chefs can't tempt you, you can always pre-order a burger. An additional 20 MB will cost $6, while 200 MB will cost $28. Singapore Air says data speed could be 4-8 Mbps, depending on active users, satellite coverage and weather conditions. The airline has added 200 hours of movies and television shows to the 1,000 already available, with everything from new releases like "Ocean's 8" to art-house and worldwide movies. "I enjoy the passion of flying", he said, adding he would binge on the in-flight entertainment.

The Australian national flag carrier also plans to fly non-stop from Australia to NY - slightly shorter than the London-Sydney non-stop flight.

The flight will have a 13-member cabin crew and each of the members will get a 4-hour rest period during the flight.

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