Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
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The passengers are ready for the world’s longest flight

The passengers are ready for the world’s longest flight

"We do a review twice a year and revise fares based on the market supply and demand situation", said David Lim, General Manager, India, Singapore Airlines, without getting into specifics of what changes had been made in the fare. Singapore Airlines' Mumbai-Singapore-Newark was priced at Rs 1.41 lakh for a 28-hour or 40-hour flight, depending on whether you booked the morning or evening arrival into Singapore.

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

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

As with other Singapore Air long-haul routes, you can eat local favourites such as chicken rice and beef hor fun, or 'Book the Cook, ' a service that allows you to order dishes like lobster thermidor or rib-eye steak up to 24 hours before the flight.

The resurgence in these 8,000 to 9,000-mile marathon flights can be attributed to the availability of more affordable oil and a new generation of fuel-efficient airliners like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350. The A350-900 ULR's cabin is split into two classes, comprising of 67 flat-bed business class seats and 94 premium economy seats.

In terms of the nearest rival for this prestigious accolade, Qantas launched a 17-hour non-stop service from Perth to London earlier this year, while Qatar Airways runs a 17 hours, 30 minute service between Auckland and Doha.

An Airbus A350-900 test plane is seen at Singapore's Changi Airport at a media preview ahead of the upcoming Singapore Air Show on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. Pilots will get three nights off after reaching NY.

Two first officers and 13-strong cabin contingent will be available for the flight crew. With crude prices above $80 again, the carrier is relying more on technology to mitigate the fuel bill. In this case, I present to you the Airbus A350-900ULR. By using this system, the plan burns 25 percent less fuel as compared to the other aircraft with the similar size, said Airbus. It also has a high ceiling and large windows. Increased efficiency means it can operate the route on 270 gallons of fuel per passenger, around half the previous amount. The A340-500s that plied the route until 2013 had 58,870 gallons for only 100 customers.

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