World's longest non-stop flight from Singapore to NY has landed

World's longest non-stop flight from Singapore to NY has landed

Singapore's A350-900ULR feature a special two-class layout that features only 161 seats split between business class and premium economy.

Operated by the all-new Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range), the route will initially be served thrice-weekly, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

"Now that you asked me, I'm a little bit anxious".

Ingmar De Kegel of Belgium waits at the check-in counter of Singapore Airlines flight SQ22 to Newark on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Singapore.

Flight SQ22 departed at 15:37GMT with 150 passengers and 17 crew.

"I have a lot of notes to read, hopefully, I can sleep well", said Ang, a membership director of an IT services firm.

Singapore Airlines has re-launched the world's longest non-stop flight from Singapore to NY five years after it withdrew the service owing to high fuel prices. The individual entertainment screens are 18 inches wide, and they all have in-seat power and USB ports for staying charged.

The world's top three longest flights include, Singapore-Newark (New York) 16,700km, Doha-Auckland, Qatar Airways, 14,529km and London-Perth, Qantas, 14,496km. "I love to fly!"

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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.

The 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.

"We are mainly anxious about cases of deep vein thrombosis" that can be caused by long-standing passengers and dehydration, said Gheel Kro, a consultant at Singapore's National University Hospital.

In November 2013, Singapore Airlines had terminated its Singapore-Newark nonstop flights after about five years of operation as the A340-500, four-engine fuel guzzler aircraft with only 100 business class seats on board made it uneconomical.

The airline says it resumed the service using aircraft with improved fuel efficiency.

Reports indicate that Singapore Airlines has been offering initial fares from as low as $1470 return for premium economy from Singapore to Newark.

While reviving the flight, the airline took a number of measures to make it operationally efficient and comfortable.

Tilo Kruger was boarding the flight with three friends - all members of the "first to fly" club, which was formed after the inaugural Airbus A380 flew from Singapore to Sydney in 2007. As for demand, the airline said it had only a handful of premium economy tickets left before takeoff. It received its first aircraft last month.

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