World's longest flight by SIA takes off for NY

Roman Schwartz
October 14, 2018

Singapore Airlines previously flew Airbus A340s on the route, but the four-engine aircraft, which Airbus no longer manufactures, were too heavy on fuel use to make the non-stop flight economically sustainable.

This was abandoned in 2013 due to high oil prices.

There is no economy class. However, the ULR stands for "ultra-long-range", and it can cruise for 11,160 miles.

He and his group met during the world's first commercial flight of the Airbus A380 double-decker plane operated by the airline in 2007 and discovered that everyone had a passion for flying. The fuselage is made of light composite materials and the aircraft consumes 25 per cent less fuel. There are also refreshments throughout the flight and a bed to sleep in.

"It will cover more than 15,000km and is scheduled to take just under 19 hours, " the BBC writes.

Singapore Airlines only offers premium economy and business seats on the flight - no regular economy seats.

Here's hoping that they've got some decent in-flight entertainment.

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The premium-economy section has 94 seats total. While the size of the seat is the same - 38 inches (96cm) of pitch and 19 inches (48cm) wide - a new calf rest has been added to increase comfort. They are not lie-flat, but they do recline up to eight inches.

The record-breaking flight took off after being delayed for a few minutes on Thursday afternoon (Picture: AFP) Lucky passengers on board tweeted images of the swanky interior.

The longest flight will cover a whopping 16,700 kilometres and take nearly 19 hours in the sky. The following infographic provides an overview of the longest flights and it shows how the new Singapore Airlines route is undisputedly the world's longest. It flew direct from Singapore - a 17.5-hour journey. Flight SQ22 will depart Singapore at 12:40am and arrive the same day at 6:30am.

Flights have launched today (11 October 2018), to Newark Liberty International Airport. Flight times will change again with Daylight Savings, so if you plan to fly, be sure to check the flight times on your specific dates.

The airline is not planning to offer any economy bookings on the route. Business class one-way fares start at $3,379 from Newark to Singapore later this month, or $5,098 round-trip.

The easiest way to book Singapore Airlines awards is with the airline's own KrisFlyer mileage program. The program is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards, so if you have credit cards that earn these types of points, you can transfer miles into your new account when it's time to book a ticket.

As with the rebooted service, the old SQ22 was originally configured for just business and premium economy passengers.

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