The world's longest flight will be ditching economy class

Lloyd Doyle
October 13, 2018

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

For passengers, however, the big challenge will be about how to pass the time - but more than 1,200 hours of audio-visual entertainment should help.

Ticket sales for this flight were opened only about two months ago and we expect more bookings in the coming months, " Lim said.

Luckily, these flights aren't really aimed at the likes of me.

The flight from the city-state to Newark Airport can take up to 18 hours and 45 minutes under normal weather conditions, but the pilots will have something in reserve in an aircraft capable of flying more than 20 hours non-stop.

Note that a few years ago Singapore Airlines has already done the direct flight from Singapore to NY, but in 2013 it was canceled due to low profitability. They get extra down time on board, with at least eight hours of rest, compared with 5 1/2 hours on a typical long-haul service, according to Singapore Air. "Watch all the movies I can, I guess", said Peggy Ang, who is on business trip to Orlando.

Singapore Airlines originally flew the route for nine years using the gas-guzzling, four-engine A340-500 before abandoning it in 2013 because high oil prices made the service unprofitable.

The plane has a higher ceiling, bigger windows and a wider body, with less noise in the cabin and LED lighting that is created to reduce jet lag.

Today's flight will top the current longest direct link between cities - Auckland to Doha with Qatar Airways, which takes 17 hours 40 minutes.

"They are hoping to capitalise and exploit a very niche market", he said. It's now the third longest flight in the world and longest operated by a superjumbo. It received the first aircraft in September.

The in-flight meals, which are in partnership with spa resort company Canyon Ranch, aim to promote "nutrition and hydration", with the claim that the menu is formulated from "science-based recommendations and strategies to deliver an even more comfortable journey for our customers".

The route was later abandoned due to rising fuel costs - an issue the airline has countered this time around with their fancy new fuel-efficient A350-900 ULR plane.

Mr Thomas says it's been proven over and over again that people want to fly non-stop, "so these sorts of aeroplanes are set to gain terrific momentum".

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