Passenger jet departs on longest commercial flight

Passenger jet departs on longest commercial flight

Singapore's A350-900ULRs, the only seven in the world right now, will be equipped with 67 business class and 94 premium economy seats. It is offering several service enhancements to offset the time on board, including a "wellness menu" of healthy food and more than 200 hours of on-board entertainment. The world's longest flight is taking travelers from Singapore to NY.

The airline said it is not planning to offer any economy bookings on the route. "I'm lucky because I'm able to sleep on the plane".

Spending almost 19 hours in the air is a helluva long time to be flying, but fortunately the passengers on the world's longest flight won't be cramped in cattle class.

"Operating trans-Pacific connecting flights opened Singapore Airlines to a lot more competition from other carriers and resulted in the loss of high-yielding business traffic", she said. "I'm an aviation enthusiast", Messaggio said.

"With its unrivalled range and step-change in fuel efficiency, the A350 is uniquely placed to meet demand for new ultra long haul services".

Airbus said the A350-900URL plane's cabin has higher-than-normal ceilings, larger windows and lighting created to reduce jet lag - all part of an effort to lessen the stresses that can accompany nearly a day on a plane.

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Singapore Airlines had operated flights on the route using old aircraft until 2013, but stopped due to rising fuel costs.

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.

Qantas launched a 17-hour non-stop service from Perth to London earlier this year, while Qatar runs a 17.5-hour service between Auckland and Doha. "The A350-1000 has been a welcome addition to our fleet and very well received by our passengers who enjoy the new generation aircraft's unprecedented levels of comfort and technology".

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".

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".

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.

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