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Singapore Airlines to launch world's longest commercial flight

02 June 2018
Singapore Airlines to launch world's longest commercial flight

The 161-seat flight will cover 15,329 km non-stop, with travelling time lasting up to 18 hours and 45 minutes.

SIA will operate the first flight to NY in October 11, 2018.

Preliminary scheduling reveals the flight will operate three times a week.

Four airlines now connect Singapore to six United States cities - Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and New York City.

This flight is made possible by Singapore Airlines is set to receive their first Airbus A350ULR (Ultra Long Range) aircraft in September. Singapore will deploy its new fleet of next-generation, carbon-composite Airbus A350-900ULR airliners for the flight. The seven A350-900ULR aircraft ordered by SIA have been configured with higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting created to reduce jet lag.

At almost 19 hours, the flights will be secure in their position as longest in the world, ousting Qantas' newest Perth to London flight and moving Qatar Airways' Auckland to Doha flight into third place.

The airline had flown a similar route from 2004 until 2013 but cancelled it as it fell short of revenue expectations. Of those, 67 will be Singapore's highly regarded business class seats and 94 will be international-style premium economy seats. Other US destinations include Houston (five times weekly via Manchester), Los Angeles (daily via Seoul and daily via Tokyo), and San Francisco (daily non-stop from Singapore as well as daily via Hong Kong). Currently, United Airlines is the only other airline to serve Singapore non-stop from the USA, which it does from its Los Angeles and San Francisco hubs. 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).

The current longest flight available from the United Kingdom is Quantas Airways' London Heathrow to Perth offering.