Singapore Airlines will claim the crown of the worlds longest service by miles flown after it relaunched its direct service between Singapore and New York on Thursday.
The worlds longest non-stop flight from Singapore is on its way to New York
An Airbus A350-900ULR has taken off from Changi Airport on its way to Newark Liberty International Airport, and will cover 9,000 nautical miles (9,537 miles) in a scheduled 18 hours and 25 minutes. The record setting flight took off at 11.45 p.m. Singapore time, and is due to touch down on Friday at 6:00 a.m. New York time.
“Research has shown that hydration and food intake are important factors (to consider), such as avoiding foods that cause gas or bloating as well as excessive alcohol,” Rhenu Bhuller, a healthcare expert at consultancy Frost & Sullivan, told AFP.
Singapore Airlines has previously operated the same route but abandoned it in 2013 due to high oil prices and the constraints of less economic four-engine aircraft.
The cabin on the new service has no economy class, instead being divided into 67 business-class seats and 94 premium economy. Around 5 hours prior to take off, business class tickets were no longer available but premium economy seats could be purchased on the airlines website for $2,155.
For the flight crew — which also includes two first officers and a 13-strong cabin contingent — the work load will be broken up, the airline said, with every person getting a mandatory minimum four hours rest.
The Airbus A350-900ULR performing the route is the first of the seven on order by Singapore Airlines. Two will be used to travel to and from New Jersey while the remaining five will be used for a Singapore-Los Angeles services commencing on November 2, 2018.
Using the new ULR (ultra-long range) flights, Singapore has said that total U.S. flight frequency will increase from 40 to 53 per week by December.
“The biggest concern is Deep Vein Thrombosis from a combination of sitting for too long and also from dehydration,” said Gail Cross, an associate consultant at the National University Hospital in Singapore.
In terms of miles flown, the flight will overtake the 17 hours and 40-minute flight you can currently take from New Zealand to the capital of Qatar. A Boeing 777-200LR performs that haul, which was first completed in February 2017.
Airlines have challenged the likes of Boeing and Airbus to create planes capable of ever longer direct routes. In March this year, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by Qantas left Perth, Australia and flew non-stop to London Heathrow.
Singapore Airlines originally flew the route for nine years using the gas-guzzling, four-engine A340-500 before abandoning it in 2013 because high oil prices made the service unprofitable.
Qantas has also promised 20-hour direct flights from London to Sydney by 2022 and has said that either the Airbus A350 or Boeings 777X will be used.
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