The title for “world’s longest flight” will once again become a reality thanks to the technologically advanced Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) operated by Singapore Airlines.
The nonstop route between Singapore and New York (Newark Liberty International Airport) will begin October 11th, 2018. Scheduled flight time is 18 hours, 45 minutes on the Singapore-bound leg and 18 hours, 25 minutes on the return.
According to the Great Circle Mapper website, the route will displace Qatar Airways’ Doha, Qatar-Auckland, New Zealand, service as the longest in the world as measured by distance, covering 9,534 miles whereas Qatar’s Doha-Auckland route comes in at 9,032.
The airline says it ceased service to Newark-Singapore due to the gas-guzzling four engine A340 jets it once used. Now, the Airbus A350-900ULR runs on two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, holds a lot of fuel, and is constructed of lightweight composite materials. This helps the plane fly farther than previous commercial aircraft and will allow it to profitably restart the service.
Expected non-stop Singapore-Los Angeles flights with the A350-900ULR are to be announced at a later date.
However, you can say bye-bye to economy seating. The A350s Newark-Singapore route will feature 67 lie-flat business class seats and 94 recliner seats in an international-style premium economy cabin making this nearly 19-hour non-stop flight a comfortable one.