The longest non-stop commercial flight between Singapore and New York would be started by Singapore Airlines from October 11, 2018. The approximate duration of the flight would be 18 hours and 45 minutes. The new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) aircraft would be used by the airlines to traverse the 16,700 km trip.
The airline will make use of the Singapore Changi-New York Liberty International Airport route thrice a week – Monday, Thursday and Saturday from Singapore, initially. The airline would begin daily operations within a week after the inaugural flight – from October 18. This is because the airline is still awaiting arrival an additional A350-900ULR aircraft which will be inducted into the fleet for the route.
Singapore Airline CEO Goh Choon Phong said: “SIA has always taken pride in pushing the boundaries to provide the best possible travel convenience for our customers, and we are pleased to be leading the way with these new non-stop flights using the latest-technology, ultra-long-range Airbus A350-900ULR. The flights will offer our customers the fastest way to travel between the two cities — in great comfort, together with SIA’s legendary service — and will help boost connectivity to and through the Singapore hub.”
This will be the first time that the new A350-900ULR would be used anywhere in the world and the airline has an agreement with Airbus to supply seven more of those planes. The
flight would have a two-class layout where there would be 67 business and 94 premium economy seats. Tickets will be made available for sale progressively across the various booking channels, starting Thursday.
The Singapore-New York international route had bene used by Singapore Airlines till 2013. The company suspended the flights after the Airbus A340-500s, that were used for the flight at that point in time, were returned to Airbus.
“The A350-900ULR will offer customers a more comfortable travelling experience with features such as higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting designed to reduce jetlag. Its carbon composite airframe also allows for improved air quality due to a more optimised cabin altitude and humidity levels,” the airline said.
There are 21 A350-900s in the fleet of Singapore Airlines currently. The company is schedul3ed to receive 46 more including seven of the ULR variant. The airline will get delivery of the first A350-900ULR in September and would have possession of all of the seven by the end of the year.
Currently, the airline has daily flights to New York but via Frankfurt. Houston (five times weekly via Manchester), Los Angeles (daily via Seoul and daily via Tokyo), and San Francisco (daily non-stop from Singapore as well as daily via Hong Kong) are the other US destinations se4rved currently by the airline.
(Adapted from TheTimesofIndia.com)