Singapore Airlines announces world's longest flight of 19 hours

01:49 PM | 30 May, 2018
Singapore Airlines announces world's longest flight of 19 hours
SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines has announced to launch the world's longest non-stop commercial flight.

The service will starts from October and fly between Singapore and New York and travel a distance of approximately 16,700km and will take about 18 hours and 45 minutes.

Flights are to be launched on October 11 at Newark Liberty International Airport. The route will initially be served three times a week, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

The flight will travel across the Arctic. Photo credit: Great Circle Mapper.

The Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) fleet will be used and configured in the two-class layout, Business Class (67 seats) and Premium-Economy Class (94 seats).

Airbus A350s typically have about 300 seats, meaning those in Singapore's plane will have more space, for which the airline will be able to charge a premium.

Singapore Airlines currently has 21 A350-900s in its fleet and has 46 more on order with manufacturer Airbus.

The new flight of 16,700km will eclipse the current longest flight by Qatar Airways from Auckland to Doha, which covers 14,535km.