Singapore to NY

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 13, 2018

Passengers wearing self designed t-shirts which celebrate their trip on Singapore Airline's inaugural non-stop flight to NY, wait at the check-in counter on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Singapore.

Singapore Airlines relaunched the service five years after it was cut because it had become too expensive. Until now, the longest direct commercial flight was between Doha in Qatar and Auckland, New Zealand, taking 17 hours and 30 minutes. "A business class ticket will entitle passengers to two meals, and the choice of when they are served, plus refreshments in between". By the end of 2018, SIA will link Singapore and the United States with 27 weekly non-stop flights. It will be carried out with the new family of Airbus aircraft, a twin-engine, long-range plane with considerably lower fuel consumption that can fly for up to 20 hours without stopping.

The four Singapore Airlines pilots (two captains and two first officers) on each ultralong-range A350-900 aren't allowed to fly to NY unless they haven't flown for 48 hours prior to take-off.

"It's turning out to be a race between a few airlines eyeing the longest routes inter-continentally", said Shukor Yusof of aviation consultancy Endau Analytics. Pilots will get three nights off after reaching NY.

The is the second time Singapore Airlines have flown this lengthy route, having previously flown it on a A340 aircraft, also sans cattle class. It's now the third longest flight in the world and longest operated by a superjumbo.

Also near the top of the world's mega-flights, is the Philippine Airlines Manila to London service, which takes more than 15 hours. This was abandoned in 2013 due to high oil prices.

The Airbus A350-900s have 253 seats.

The cabin features a higher-than-normal ceiling, larger windows and lighting that is created to reduce jet lag on the world's longest flight.

Singapore Airlines operates the new non-stop service using a brand new fleet of seven Airbus A350-900ULRs- ULR stands for ultra long range.

"It allows us to offer a service that eliminates a transfer in the middle, it saves people six hours, it gets people there in comfort ... we think it's going to be a good success", Wilson said.

However, Singapore Airlines has been offering low initial fares on its US non-stop routes, including as little as S$1,438 ($1,040) return for premium economy on Singapore-Newark, CAPA Centre for Aviation Chief Analyst Brendan Sobie said. So from an airline perspective, these routes are money-making.

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