Singapore Airlines all geared up for world's longest flight

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Well, if you happen to be travelling from Singapore to NY or vice versa in the future you could be about to embark on a record-breaking flight, as a new route is about to launch between the two destinations and in doing so, it will become the world's longest non-stop flight.

Singapore Airlines flew Newark-Singapore until 2013 using an all-business-class Airbus A340-500.

Customers also experienced high-speed in-flight WiFi service on Singapore Airlines' new A350-900ULR aircraft.

They have higher ceilings, larger windows and lighting created to reduce jetlag - all good things for busy business travellers. The scheduled 19-hour flight landed 17 hours and 25 minutes later in the US.

Thursday's flight will top the current longest direct link between cities - Qatar Airways Flight 921 from Auckland to Doha, which takes 17 hours 40 minutes.

"This is an event that, in many ways, has been five years in the making", said Singapore Airlines spokesman James Boyd. The interiors have been designed keeping the passenger's comfort in mind, with 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy seats which ensure that there is enough leg-room for all who take the 19-hour journey. The world longest flight is now crowned to Singaporean airlines.

"I have a lot of notes to read, hopefully, I can sleep well", said Ang, a membership director of an IT services firm.

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.

The departure gate was a well-covered celebration, and there are at least two journalists on board that I know of, live-blogging, tweeting and Instagramming the entire flight. "I enjoy the passion of flying".

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

Mr Tan said: "The demand for air travel between North America and South-east Asia is strong and expected to stay robust in the coming years".

"The biggest concern is Deep Vein Thrombosis from a combination of sitting for too long and also from dehydration", Gail Cross, an associate consultant at the National University Hospital in Singapore. "Currently, we have only a daily, non-stop flight from Singapore to San Francisco. The A350-900ULR is an aircraft that levels the playing field and will let us connect many more points within the Singapore on a nonstop basis".

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