Have 19 hours? World's longest commercial flight takes off

Have 19 hours? World's longest commercial flight takes off

Two pilots, a special "wellness" menu and more than a thousand hours of inflight entertainment will accompany travellers on the first 10,400-mile flight to the Big Apple today (Thursday, October 11).

Singapore Airlines is bringing back its longest flight from Singapore to NY on October 11, to regain the title of the world's longest flight from Qatar Airways' Doha-Aukland flight, according to a report by Bloomberg.

The long-range Airbus A350-900ULR is configured to carry up to 161 passengers - 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy, with no regular economy seats available.

Singapore Airlines had operated flights on the route using old aircraft until 2013, but stopped due to rising fuel costs.

Pier Messaggio, 41, an Italian electronics designer based in Singapore, said he is part of a group called "First to Fly" whose members have been on board all of Singapore Airlines' inaugural flights.


The route, combined with the airline's plans to restart non-stop services to Los Angeles and add more non-stop flights to San Francisco next month, will give the premium Asian carrier its biggest-ever USA presence.

Qantas could soon take the crown for the longest flight, as it has plans to introduce a London to Sydney route, expected to take 20 hours.

The cabins in the plane have higher than the normal ceilings, larger windows than the normal and lighting created to reduce jet lag.

Today's flight will top the current longest direct link between cities - Auckland to Doha with Qatar Airways, which takes 17 hours 40 minutes.

"My cousin said 'hey, this is in the press.' I'm going to take pictures and show her", she said.


The airline says it resumed the service using aircraft with improved fuel efficiency.

Singaporean airlines is hoping that the introduction of more fuel-efficient planes will become a permanent thing as fuel prices continue to soar.

The airline's revenue contribution from the Americas region is now at 14 percent, down from 20 percent in 2013 due to the loss of the non-stop flights, Corrine Png, CEO of transport research firm Crucial Perspective, said.

Facing increasingly strong competition in recent years, Singapore Airlines has consolidated its low-fare subsidiaries and is strengthening its premium segment.

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


SIA is offering new services to New York (Newark), San Francisco and Los Angeles and, in all, it will be operating 27 non-stop services each week from Singapore to the United States by the end of this year.

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