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

13 October, 2018, 10:31 | Author: Eric Barnett
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Singapore Airlines says it will serve dishes that try to offset the effect of being stuck in a seat for a day.

For those wincing at the idea of being cooped up for nearly 19 hours in a 220-foot tube at 35,000 feet, here's what to expect on the flight from Changi Airport to Newark Liberty International.

The new aircraft will only feature Premium Economy Class and Business Class (images from the A350 aircraft).

"This is a route between two massive financial hubs, and so they will fill this plane up with business people, or well-heeled travelers who want the convenience of a non stop flight".

Mr Thomas, the editor-in-chief of airline rating site Airlineratings.com, has been on several such inaugural flights, including Qantas' new long-haul from Perth to London, inaugurated earlier this year.

Compared to most global long haul flights, which can accommodate up to 544 people (based on an Airbus A380), the A350-900 will accommodate just 161 passengers, made up of 94 seats in premium economy and 67 business class.

The aircraft is configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats. The Singapore to NY leg, which takes off on Oct 11, is expected to take 17 hours and 50 minutes, and the return trip is 18 hours and 30 minutes.

For the in-flight menu they've partnered with spa resort company Canyon Ranch, famous for their exclusive wellness resorts that attract the rich and famous.


Once it enters service with Singapore Airlines in October, the A350-900 will embark on the longest continuous flight on record.

It has since flown to New York's JFK Airport via Frankfurt and to Los Angeles via Tokyo and Seoul.

Two first officers and 13-strong cabin contingent will be available for the flight crew.

Singapore previously operated the route using Airbus A340-500 airliners before suspending the service in 2013.

That means keeping the plane as light as possible. Airbus is showing off its new wide-body A350 at Asia's biggest airshow this week.

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

The twin-engine plane uses a modified system that burns 25 per cent less fuel than other aircraft of a similar size, Airbus said. Composite-based planes can also tolerate higher cabin pressure, which means more oxygen and moisture in the air, making for a more comfortable flight. However, more than seven weeks' worth of television and film entertainment will also be provided to the passengers during the journey of 16,700 kilometers (10,400 miles).

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