Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched the world’s longest commercial flight, between Singapore and New York, with the first new non-stop flight between Singapore and New York departing Changi International Airport on 11 October 2018 at 2337hrs (SIN time) and arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport a day later, at 0529hrs (US Eastern time). The flight duration was 17 hours 52 minutes.
Operated by the all-new Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range), the route will initially be served thrice-weekly, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Daily operations will commence from 18 October after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service.
Designed with the wellbeing of passengers in mind, sleep strategies and specific cabin lighting settings have been introduced to enhance cabin ambience for rest and relaxation, and the aircraft is designed with higher ceilings, larger windows and an extra wide body to help reduce jetlag.
SIA is the world’s first customer for the new A350-900ULR, with seven firm orders with Airbus. The aircraft will be configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats.
The aircraft will also be used for new non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles, which are to be launched on 2 November 2018, as well as to increase services on the existing Singapore-San Francisco route. By the end of the year, SIA will have 27 non-stop flights per week between Singapore and the United States.