Singapore Airlines has launched the
world’s longest commercial flight, between Singapore and New York.
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
Daily operations will commence from 18 October after an
additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service.
“Singapore Airlines is proud to introduce the world’s longest
commercial flights with the new A350-900ULR and we are even more
excited to be providing customers with improved connectivity
between Singapore and the United States. This demonstrates our
commitment to putting our customers’ needs at the forefront of all
that we do,” said Singapore Airlines’ CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.
SIA is the launch customer of the new Airbus A350-900ULR
and has seven firm orders with Airbus. The aircraft is
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.
The first new non-stop flight between Singapore and New York
departed Changi International Airport on 11 October 2018 at
2337hrs (SIN time) and arrived at Newark Liberty International
Airport a day later, at 0529hrs (US Eastern time). The flight
duration was 17 hours 52 minutes.