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

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Do people want to fly for 19 hours?

This undated handout picture released by Singapore Airlines on October 9, 2018 shows an A350-900ULR Airbus in flight. The world's longest flight is taking travelers from Singapore to NY.

The services start from today and fly between Singapore and NY and travel a distance of approximately 16,700km and will take about 18 hours and 45 minutes.

At the time the 14,100-kilometre link was the longest non-stop flight by distance from the USA to anywhere in the world, the airline said. On the return, Singapore Airlines flight SQ21 will depart Newark at 10:45 a.m. and arrive the following day in Singapore at 5:30 p.m. Flight times shift again with Daylight Saving, so be sure to check the schedule for your specific dates. We now operate 40 flights a week between Singapore and the USA, which will increase to 53 flights by December 7, 2018.

As for demand, the airline said it had only a handful of premium economy tickets left before takeoff.

The airline's revenue contribution from the Americas region is now at 14 percent, down from 20 percent in 2013 due to the loss of the non-stop flights, Corrine Png, CEO of transport research firm Crucial Perspective, said.

The airline is relaunching the service five years after it abandoned it because high oil prices made the route unprofitable. This time around, the airline will employ brand new Airbus A350-900ULRs. The airline flew the 16,700-km route earlier, but ended it in 2013.

But the ultra-long-range version that SIA has bought from Airbus has the longest capability of any aircraft flying today, thanks in part to a slightly modified fuel system.

Qatar Airways Flight 921, using a Boeing 777, held the previous title as world's longest commercial route, flying passengers over 14,500 kilometers from the New Zealand capital to Doha.

"The A350-900ULR is an aircraft that levels the playing field and will let us connect many more points within the U.S.to Singapore on a nonstop basis". "The flights will offer our customers the fastest way to travel between the two cities-in great comfort, together with Singapore Airlines' legendary service-and will help boost connectivity to and through the Singapore hub". It's set up as a 2-4-2 pattern throughout most of the plane. Bathrooms in the premium economy section are fitted with a spray for hydration. There are single C and H seats, however, in rows 40-42 if you can stand being near the lavatory. The lack of economy seats means that there will be 92 fewer seats than on the airline's standard A350-900s. That's about an inch wider than the premium economy seats on American and Delta. However, the route was previously flown by the quad engine Airbus A340-500 aircraft.

"Cabin crew have been instructed to use the locker in the event of a death on a long-haul flight - particularly if the aircraft is busy, with no free seats on which to lay out the deceased", reports The Guardian.

In other words, the airline is hoping to lure not just business travelers, but leisure ones including seniors and millennials looking to reach Singapore and secondary destinations faster.

Aside from seating, the A350 fields an array of jet lag-fighting features, all created to minimize the effects of long-haul flight. The humidity is supposed to be kept at 20 percent, basically double what it is on most airplanes. They will also have a bed to sleep in. There are also hospital-grade HEPA filters circulating air throughout the entire cabin every two to three minutes.

United launched its service connecting Los Angeles' LAX airport to Singapore using a 787 a year ago.

Ready to test out the new service for yourself? Its on-time arrival just before 6:00 a.m.at Newark marked the dawn of a new reign in the ultra-long-haul field. Business class awards are 92,000 miles each way.