Singapore Airlines will launch, 11 October, the world’s longest non-stop passenger flight. Its long-range Airbus A350-900 aircraft will take 19 hours to fly the Singapore-New York route and carry 161 passengers, non in ‘cattle’ class.
There will be two configurations: Business and Premium Economy.
The new flight will connect Changi Airport with Newark Liberty International and will beat the record held by Qatar Airways for its Auckland to Doha flight, which takes 17.5 hours to cover just over 9,000 miles.
The longest service from Europe, the Qantas London to Perth service introduced in March this year, covers a similar distance in about 17 hours.
Qantas could soon take the crown for the longest flight, as it has plans to introduce a London to Sydney route, expected to take 20 hours. The airline is in talks with Airbus and Boeing to develop the aircraft.
The new Singapore Airlines service does not come cheap, however. Tickets for the new route start at £1,639 in Premium Economy and £3,689 in Business Class.
The service aims to go daily within a week.