Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Singapore Airlines to start direct flights to NY from Singapore

Singapore Airlines to start direct flights to NY from Singapore

Singapore Air will use Airbus SE's A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft for the nearly 19-hour flight from Singapore to the Newark Liberty International Airport serving NY.

Flights will cover a distance of about 16,700 kilometres, and travelling time will be up to 18 hours 45 minutes.

Singapore Airlines will fly the new Airbus A350-900ULR (for "Ultra Long Range") on the route.

The first flight will take off from Singapore's Changi Airport on October 11, and arrive at Newark Liberty Airport almost 19 hours later.

Currently, the longest flight service in the world is operated by Qatar Airways that operate direct flights between Doha and Auckland.

Flights between NY and Singapore are now operated using the double-decker Airbus A380 with a stopover in Frankfurt, Germany.

Singapore Airlines now has 21 A350-900s in its fleet, with 46 more on order.

"The flights will offer our customers the fastest way to travel between the two cities - in great comfort, together with Singapore Airlines' legendary service - and will help boost connectivity to and through the Singapore hub".

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The Singapore-Newark flight marks the return of a popular route for Singapore Airlines.

The Singapore Airlines flight will use the long-range Airbus A350-900ULR, which will be configured to carry 161 passengers - 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy.

The new service, when it commences, will be Southeast Asia's only non-stop connection to the North American east coast.

The airline leveraged its position as one of Airbus' top customers for the A350-900 widebody - it has 21 in its fleet now, with another 46 on order - to request a special version of the aircraft that will make the extra-long flight possible.

With the new A350, passengers will have added benefits that were not found on the A340-500 including higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and specialized lighting created to reduce jet lag.

Its carbon composite airframe also allows for improved air quality due to a more optimised cabin altitude and humidity levels, according to Singapore Airlines. The airline serves its other USA destinations via five European and Asian cities with fifth freedom flights from Frankfurt, Manchester, Seoul, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

On the other hand, they also plan to offer a direct flight between Singapore and the US city of Los Angeles with the same plane. SIA will continue to operate its existing one-stop service to NY via Frankfurt.

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