Singapore Air's Nonstop Flight to Newark Will Take Nearly 19 Hours

Singapore Air's Nonstop Flight to Newark Will Take Nearly 19 Hours

Singapore Air's Nonstop Flight to Newark Will Take Nearly 19 Hours

Those Airbus A340s were configured to make the New York-to-Singapore flights possible and relatively cost-effective, but that meant it was not economical to use them on any other routes. So it should be no surprise that, this week, the question as to what is the world's longest flight has pinged on the radar for the third time in just over a year. The current long-distance leader is Qatar Airways' 9,000-mile flight from Doha, Qatar, to Auckland, New Zealand.

Singapore Airlines will launch the world's longest flight this year, from Singapore to the New York City area - a trip that will take almost 19 hours.

Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIAL.SI) said it would launch the world's longest commercial flight in October, a near-19 hour non-stop journey from Singapore to the NY area. At the time, there were suggestions that this Qantas connection would be the planet's lengthiest, but it falls just short of Qatar Airways's offering, at 9,010 miles and 17 hours 20 minutes.

So when Singapore Airlines ended the route in 2013, those planes were also pulled from service.

A rendering of Singapore Airlines' new Airbus A350-900ULR. ULR stands for "ultralong range". There are no first-class suites or economy class seats on board. Singapore will deploy its new fleet of next-generation, carbon-composite Airbus A350-900ULR airliners for the flight.

"Singapore Airlines has always taken pride in pushing the boundaries", says the airline's CEO, Goh Choon Phong.

"The flights will offer our customers the fastest way to travel between the two cities".

Flights between NY and Singapore are now operated using the double-decker Airbus A380 with a stopover in Frankfurt, Germany.

Non-stop Singapore-Los Angeles flights are also in the works, with the airline saying more details on those will be unveiled in due course.

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