Monday, 17 December, 2018

Jetliner lands in United States after world's longest flight

Economy class seats on the the new Singapore Airlines A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft SUPPLIEDEconomy class seats on the the new Singapore Airlines A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft
Orlando Vargas | 13 October, 2018, 12:01

Aviation enthusiasts, clad in T-shirts made to commemorate Singapore Airlines' launch of the world's longest non-stop commercial service, at yesterday's pre-flight reception in the gatehold room. The brand new A350-900ULR which will operate the flight has been configured in a two-class layout with 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy seats.

Pier Messaggio, 41, an Italian electronics designer based in Singapore, said he is part of a group called "First to Fly" whose members have been on board all of Singapore Airlines' inaugural flights.

Since the weather is smooth, the flight to Newark airport is estimated to last 18 hours and 45 minutes.

It topped the previous longest direct air link between cities - Qatar Airways Flight 921 from Auckland to Doha, which takes 17 hours 40 minutes.

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.

Non-stop ultra-long haul flights can typically command an airfare premium of around 20 percent versus those involving one or more stops, according to travel industry data, given their popularity with time-sensitive business travellers.

The flight of the Airbus A350 operated by Singapore Airlines took off on Thursday from Singapore's Changi Airport on the long-distance service to Newark, New Jersey.

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Four airlines now connect Singapore to six USA cities. The airline has added 200 hours of movies and television shows to the 1,000 already available, with everything from new releases like "Ocean's 8" to art-house and global movies.

For the flight crew - which includes two first officers and a 13-strong cabin contingent - the work load will be split into shifts, with each pilot having a minimum eight hours of rest during the flight.

Flying from NY to Singapore would be a longer journey, lasting an estimated 18 hours and 45 minutes.

A spokeswoman for Singapore Airlines said that Flight SQ22 departed at approximately 11:35pm with 150 passengers and 17 crew aboard.

Here's hoping that nobody on the flight gets jet lag because with a flight that long, it would probably take two weeks to recover.

To improve flight experience and reduce the stress that passengers will suffer for nearly a whole day in the air, the company has raised the ceiling of the cabin and has raised the windows. The A340-500s that plied the route until 2013 had 58,870 gallons for only 100 customers.

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