19 hours or almost a day in the air, is now turning into reality.
Singapore Airlines is launching the world’s longest nonstop flight this October.
The route -Singapore to New York, nonstop. Almost 19 hours in the air.
Starting October 11, 2018, passengers on Singapore Airlines’ newest plane, the Airbus A350-900 ULR — for Ultra Long-Range — will travel on a record-breaking, globe-spanning flight that will reconnect the two major metropolises.
The airline used to fly the gas-guzzling, four-engine A340-500 on the 9,500-mile route, with just 100 business-class seats on board. The service proved to be inefficient, and Singapore Airlines canceled the flights in 2013.
The new flights will initially run three times a week from Singapore to Newark Liberty International Airport, with daily operations starting October 18 after a second Airbus A350-900 enters service.
On September 22, the airline took delivery of Airbus’ newest wide-body, the A350-900 ULR. It has 22 A350-900 planes in its fleet, with 45 more on order, including six more of the ULRs.
Last April 23, the aircraft had its first test flight, an almost five-hour round-trip that launched from the airframer’s assembly plant in Toulouse, France.
The ULR will be able to fly a remarkable 11,160 miles, an increase of more than 1,800 miles over the standard A350.
It means that Singapore Airlines will reclaim a travel crown: that of running the world’s longest nonstop air route.