Singapore Airlines to launch world's longest commercial flight in October

Singapore Airlines to launch world's longest commercial flight in October

The 15,300-kilometre flight from Singapore to Newark, New Jersey, will eclipse the 14,500km Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Auckland as the world's longest, according to airline data provider OAG.

The aircraft commissioned for this journey is the Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long range), configured with 67 business and 94 premium economy seats. Currently, Singapore Airlines is the only airline that has ordered the Ultra Long Range (ULR) variant of the A350.

The A35-900ULR offers better fuel efficiency and is created to offer a more comfortable travelling environment with higher ceilings, larger windows, a wider body and lighting which reduces jetlag.

"The flights will offer our customers the fastest way to travel between the two cities - in great comfort, together with Singapore Airlines' legendary service - and will help boost connectivity to and through the Singapore hub", said Goh Choon Phong.

Flights between NY and Singapore are now operated using the double-decker Airbus A380 with a stopover in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) has announced it will relaunch its direct service from Singapore Changi to Newark on October 11, 2018, using its incoming fleet of A350-900(ULR). The carrier now flies from Los Angeles (non stop to Seoul and Tokyo), New York JFK (non stop to Frankfurt), Houston Bush Intercontinental (non stop to Manchester, England) and San Francisco (non stop to Singapore and Hong Kong).

SIA said it is the world's first customer for the new A350-900ULR, with seven on firm order with Airbus. Seven more such aircraft are due for delivery by the end of the year.

The airline had flown a similar route from 2004 until 2013 but cancelled it as it fell short of revenue expectations.

Qantas is planning to purchase the A350-900ULR or Boeing Cos 777X for an even longer route of 9,200 nautical miles from Sydney to London. The airline also has non-stop service from Singapore to San Francisco (using an A350-900) and one-stops to Houston via Manchester.

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