The Lion City’s flag carrier is expected to relaunch its nonstop Singapore-New York route, which will take a total of 19 hours.
Can’t stand the idea of multiple stopovers? Here’s something to rejoice about: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is set to resume the world’s longest flight between Southeast Asia and the Big Apple by the end of the year.
The Singapore flag carrier will soon take delivery of Airbus’s upcoming Ultra Long Range variant of its A350 aircraft, which recently completed its first flight.
Capable of more than 20 hours of nonstop flight, the new A350-900ULR aircraft offers an extended range of 9,700 nautical miles compared to the standard A350-900.
The route was previously operated by an Airbus A340 aircraft but was cut due to rising fuel costs.
The flight will see SIA reclaim the title of running the world’s longest nonstop flight, a record it once held with its Singapore-Newark flight from 2004 to 2013.
Next year, the airline is also slated to begin non-stop services to Los Angeles, which will take more than 15 hours.
Both of these routes will be operated by the new Airbus 350-900ULR aircraft, which will come in a two-class configuration with business and premium economy seats.
As of now, the title for the world’s longest non-stop flight belongs to Qatar Airways’ almost 18-hour services between Doha and Auckland, New Zealand.
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