Longest Nonstop Commercial Route Launched

Singapore Airline's new Airbus A350-900ULR which will embark on the world's longest non-stop plane journey

The Singapore Airlines flight will take almost 19 hours and cover 9000 nautical miles, it'll land at Newark Liberty International around 11am on Friday.

While airlines are typically able to charge more for non-stop flights, Singapore Airlines is offering initial fares from as low as $S1438 (34,159 Baht) return for premium economy from Singapore to Newark.

In terms of the nearest rival for this prestigious accolade, Qantas launched a 17-hour non-stop service from Perth to London earlier this year, while Qatar Airways runs a 17 hours, 30 minute service between Auckland and Doha. You know, for when you really want to challenge yourself.

The inaugural flight, SQ22, departed Singapore on-time just before midnight Thursday night, embarking on its historic journey for the first time on the over 9,500 mile route to New Jersey.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has re-launched the service for the first time in five years as the flight was originally too expensive.

Singapore Airlines now serves New York JFK, daily via Frankfurt. Eastern that the flight was nearing Alaska before heading southwest to Newark. "If I can survive this flight, it's a great way to save some time".

Entertainment-wise, these flights will feature Singapore's standard in-flight entertainment system, but will also be outfitted with an additional 200 hours of entertainment to allow for more choices.

"It's turning out to be a race between a few airlines eyeing the longest routes inter-continentally", said Shukor Yusof of aviation consultancy Endau Analytics.

A new Singapore Airlines flight connecting the city-state with Newark International Airport is going into operation.

The relaunch comes after Singapore Airlines suspended services on the route in 2013 after climbing fuel prices made the use of four-engine Airbus A340-500 jets an economic liability. This time around, the airline will employ brand new Airbus A350-900ULRs. During that time, officials at Airbus will be keeping a close eye on the ultra-long range plane. Come end of the year, we will be growing from seven flights to 23 non-stop flights a week, and this includes flights from Singapore to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Newark, " he said, adding that between October and March 2020, they would be adding one plane every two weeks. The cabin is configured into two segments: 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy seats.

"Cabin crew have been instructed to use the locker in the event of a death on a long-haul flight - particularly if the aircraft is busy, with no free seats on which to lay out the deceased", reports The Guardian.

While the airline's business class on board the ULR Airbus remains the same as its shorter-range A350s, Singapore has tweaked its premium economy seats for the long seating time. They are arranged in a front-facing 1-2-1 pattern.