Singapore launches world's longest flight

Singapore Airlines launched the world’s longest commercial flight, between Singapore and New York, on Thursday, October 11.

The new non-stop flight departed Changi International Airport at 23h37 (SIN time) and arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport a day later, at 05h29 (US Eastern time). The flight duration was 17 hours 52 minutes.

Operated by the new Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range), the route will initially be served thrice-weekly, departing Singapore on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Daily operations will commence from October 18 after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service.

To commemorate the inaugural flight, customers departing from Singapore were treated to an evening of performances and an assortment of food and beverages at a special boarding gate event. Customers enjoyed special wellness cuisine prepared by chefs and nutritionists from Canyon Ranch, in addition to the airline’s own meal selections and creations by its International culinary panel of chefs. They also received a goodie bag containing a commemorative certificate and a pair of SIA-branded Bodum glasses.

To ensure the comfort of passengers, the aircraft was enhanced with sleep strategies and specific cabin lighting settings for improved rest and relaxation.

The myKrisWorld on-board entertainment provided content recommendations based on customer preferences and viewing history. KrisFlyer members can save and resume content, create playlists, and customise their preferences for subsequent flights. They also have access to 200 additional hours of in-flight entertainment content.

Travellers also experience high-speed in-flight WiFi service on the A350-900ULR. Equipped with Panasonic Avionics’ new satellite modem that operates with its third-generation satellite network, the service is capable of delivering higher-speed Internet to customers.  

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