Have 19 hours? World's longest commercial flight takes off


Well, if you happen to be travelling from Singapore to NY or vice versa in the future you could be about to embark on a record-breaking flight, as a new route is about to launch between the two destinations and in doing so, it will become the world's longest non-stop flight.

A Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to NY, deemed as the world's longest non-stop flight, is set to take off on Thursday.

Compared to most global long haul flights, which can accommodate up to 544 people (based on an Airbus A380), the A350-900 will accommodate just 161 passengers, made up of 94 seats in premium economy and 67 business class.

The route was later abandoned due to rising fuel costs - an issue the airline has countered this time around with their fancy new fuel-efficient A350-900 ULR plane. The world's longest flight is taking travelers from Singapore to NY.

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The airline has said that the four pilots - two captains and two first officers - need to have at least 8 hours of rest. "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.

Airbus CEO Tom Enders said the new plane is a "milestone" for Airbus and Singapore Airlines.

The Singapore-Newark route will top Qatar Airways' Doha-Auckland route as the world's longest, but Australia's Qantas Airways is considering the introduction of an even longer 20-hour Sydney-London flight from 2022. The Singapore to NY leg, which takes off on Oct 11, is expected to take 17 hours and 50 minutes, and the return trip is 18 hours and 30 minutes.

The airline says the aircraft offers increased cabin pressure to offer passengers more oxygen on board, less noise and LED lighting to help combat jet lag.

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'My cousin said 'hey, this is in the press.' I'm going to take pictures and show her, ' she said. By using this system, the plan burns 25 percent less fuel as compared to the other aircraft with the similar size, said Airbus. In this case, I present to you the Airbus A350-900ULR.

Singapore Airlines have placed orders for an additional seven of the planes, opening up more possibilities for future flight services. It received the first aircraft in September.

That particular service was axed when high fuel prices, among other factors, made it unsustainable.

SIA is offering new services to New York (Newark), San Francisco and Los Angeles and, in all, it will be operating 27 non-stop services each week from Singapore to the United States by the end of this year.

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