Singapore Airline's to launch world's longest route
Singapore Airlines is set to launch the world’s longest commercial flight later this year. Scheduled to debut on October 12th , the airline’s new non-stop service between New Jersey and Singapore will stretch for 18h 45min.
Initially, the service will operate three times a week out of Newark. The route will then expand to daily operations with the carrier adding a new A350-900ULR to its fleet. Singapore Airlines is the first customer to receive the new Airbus, and the planes are configured in a two-class layout, with 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy seats.
The new international flights will cover a distance of approximately 9,000 nautical miles. Previously, this route had already been in operation until fleet changes forced it to shut down.
“Singapore Airlines has always taken pride in pushing the boundaries to provide the best possible travel convenience for our customers, and we are pleased to be leading the way with these new non-stop flights using the latest technology, the ultra-long-range Airbus A350-900ULR” commented Goh Choon Phong, Singapore Airline's CEO.
“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” he added.
The first A350-900ULR is due for delivery in September and will provide passengers with new features, including higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting designed to reduce jet lag. The carrier already operates flights to Singapore from Houston, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco, and plans to add new Non-stop Los Angeles-Singapore flights with the introduction of the A350-900ULR aircrafts.