SINGAPORE AIRLINES WILL RELAUNCH THE WORLD’S LONGEST NONSTOP FLIGHT AT NEARLY 19 HOURS FROM NEWARK TO SINGAPORE STARTING IN OCTOBER
- The daily non-stop journey will cover about 10,300 miles in 18 hours 45 minutes
- Singapore Airlines flight will carry 67 in business and 94 in premium economy
- The company cut the route in 2013 due to rising fuel prices, airline officials said
- But in October, the airline will relaunch the flight due to high consumer demand
The daily non-stop journey from Changi to Newark Airport will cover about 10,300 miles and take about 18 hours 45 minutes.
Due to rising fuel prices, the airline had to cut the route in 2013. But starting on October 12, the company will relaunch the flight in response to high customer demand for the journey.
Lee SekEng, the regional vice president for the Americas at Singapore Airlines, told Yahoo Finance that the company has gotten ‘a lot of feedback from our customers that they really like the flight because it saves them a lot of time when they’re traveling from the US to Singapore’.
The current record holder is Qatar Airways Flight 921 from Auckland to Doha, which takes 17 hours 40 minutes.
The Singapore Airlines flight will use the long-range Airbus A350-900ULR, which will be configured to carry 161 passengers – 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy.
The airline, which was recently ranked as the top airline in the world, had flown a similar route from 2004 until 2013 but cancelled it as it fell short of revenue expectations.
However, its latest decision comes as carriers look for new sources of revenue in a competitive environment, while long-haul flights often make more cash than those that require stops.
There are also plans for a non-stop route from Singapore to Los Angeles using the same plane, the airline said.
The new route comes as the city-state’s flag carrier faces tough challenges.
Last year, it consolidated its low-cost units TigerAir and Scoot into a single entity in a streamlining exercise.
And this month it said it will absorb its struggling premium regional wing, SilkAir, into the broader group following a multi-million-dollar upgrade as part of reforms to stay competitive.