Singapore Airlines said yesterday that it will relaunch the world's longest commercial flight in October, a journey of nearly 19 hours from the city-state to NY, but it will not be available to economy travellers.
Covering a distance of approximately 16,700km, the non-stop flight will take around 18 hours and 45 minutes - a route that will initially be served three times a week.
For the first week of operations, the flight will depart Newark three times on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, shifting to daily service on October 19 once the airline takes delivery of a second Airbus A350-900ULR aircraft.
These will eclipse the 14,525km Qatar Airways flights from Doha to Auckland as the world's longest, according to airline data provider OAG. At the time, it used the four-engine A340-500 aircraft to serve the route.
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"The flights will offer our customers the fastest way to travel between the two cities - in great comfort". However, the time has come for Singapore Airlines to make a return to Newark.
The aircraft is, however, the most advanced available for long-haul flights, featuring higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting created to reduce jetlag.
"Since then, our customers had been asking us to restart the nonstop route" an airline spokesperson told Newsweek.
Flights will be operated using the new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range). Its carbon composite airframe also allows for improved air quality due to a more optimised cabin altitude and humidity levels, said SIA. Passengers can choose one of 67 business class or 94 premium economy seats.
In addition to the resuming EWR flights, the airline has expressed interest in serving other USA cities with its new ULR planes. Currently, it offers flights between NY and Frankfurt and between Los Angeles and Tokyo, among others.
On the other hand, they also plan to offer a direct flight between Singapore and the USA city of Los Angeles with the same plane.