Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
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This is the world's longest flight, filled with uniqueness

This is the world's longest flight, filled with uniqueness

The first new non-stop flight between Singapore and NY departed Changi International Airport on October 11 at 11:37pm (Singapore time) and arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport a day later, at 5:29am (US Eastern time).

The world's longest commercial non-stop flight will take off from Singapore Changi Airport at 4.45pm United Kingdom time today.

The flight takes off from Changi Airport to Newark's International Airport in New Jersey.

The A350-900ULR additionally features an increased Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW), allowing it to take off with greater fuel onboard, and increased fuel capacity to keep the engines running all the way from Singapore to NY. A new Singapore Airlines route connecting the city-state to the NY area goes into operation on October 11, 2018 becoming the longest commercial plane ride in the world.

The airline has already ordered seven new ultra-long range twin-engine Airbus SE (AIR.PA) A350-900ULRs fitted with just 161 business class and premium economy seats - and no economy class seats - for the USA capacity increase.

A business class ticket will entitle passengers to two meals, and the choice of when they are served, plus refreshments in between.

The aircraft is configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats.

Qantas Airlines has also promised a 20-hour direct flight from London to Sydney by 2022.

The A350 is these days considered the go-to plane for long-haul flights, nudging out the A380, which was previously the flagship for such long distance journeys, and which carries up to 850 passengers, more than twice the number of the A350. They will also have a bed to sleep in.

Premium economy fares will get three meals at fixed times, with refreshments in between. He told the BBC "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". The airline intends to also fly non-stop to Los Angeles using the aircraft.

"The concept of ultra-long-haul flight has matured in the five years since we last operated this flight with all business-class aircraft", said Boyd.

The planes have been created to replace Boeing's older 777 series and use between 20% and 30% less fuel than the 777s did - which is a good thing amid rising oil prices. This jet, for which Singapore Airlines is the launch customer, is mostly the same as the standard Airbus A350-900 already in service both with Singapore Airlines and other carriers like Cathay Pacific, Delta, and Qatar Airways. The A340-500 it was using at the time used a lot of fuel and eventually the route became too expensive to run.

The aircraft is designed with higher ceilings, larger windows and an extra wide body to help reduce jetlag. However, the ULR stands for "ultra-long-range", and it can cruise for 11,160 miles.

It can fly for 20 hours non-stop, which most aviation experts will tell you is the future of very long-haul travel for business and pleasure.

On Nov 2, it will begin flying non-stop to Los Angeles as well.

The route from Singapore to Newark is over 9,500 miles, making it the longest in the world.

"We really are entering a new era of travel".

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