Have 19 hours? World’s longest commercial flight takes off

Economy class seats on the the new Singapore Airlines A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft

SUPPLIEDEconomy class seats on the the new Singapore Airlines A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft

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.

Yes, you heard it right: Passengers successfully boarded a marathon 19-hour Singapore Airlines flight on October 11, amidst the race between airlines for providing the longest flight inter-continentally.

Shortly before take-off the airline posted: 'Counting down to the launch of our non-stop flight to NY on the Airbus A350 Ultra Long Range!'

"Operating trans-Pacific connecting flights opened Singapore Airlines to a lot more competition from other carriers and resulted in the loss of high-yielding business traffic", she said.

For the flight crew - which also includes two first officers and a 13-strong cabin contingent - the workload will be broken up, the airline said, with each pilot having a minimum eight hours' rest during the flight. I have many questions, the least of which is - why anyone would want to go to Newark badly enough to sit on a plane for 19 hours...? "We do a review twice a year and revise fares based on the market supply and demand situation", said David Lim, General Manager, India, Singapore Airlines, without getting into specifics of what changes had been made in the fare.

When Singapore Airlines scrapped the previous Singapore-New York flight in 2013, oil was trading around $100 a barrel.

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The flight from the Southeast Asian city-state to Newark Airport can be completed in 18 hours and 45 minutes with ideal weather conditions, but the pilots will have fuel in reserve should the journey approach the aircraft's maximum 20-hour flying time.

"Research has shown that hydration and food intake are important factors (to consider), such as avoiding foods that cause gas or bloating as well as excessive alcohol", Rhenu Bhuller, a healthcare expert at consultancy Frost & Sullivan, said.

Long flights can be a drag when you're cooped up in cattle class, so perhaps it's a blessing in disguise that the soon-to-be record-holder for world's longest flight route has forgone economy cabins altogether.

"It will help us boost our network competitiveness and further grow the Singapore hub". The airline is now using the an Airbus A350-900 aircraft with 161 seats, 92 fewer than the company's usual seat count on the same aircraft.

Singapore Airlines have placed orders for an additional seven of the planes, opening up more possibilities for future flight services.

"Ultra-long haul services comprise an important component of that strategy", an airline spokesman said. With SIA's new non-stop services, there will be 72 weekly passenger services between Changi and the United States, noted Changi Airport Group spokesman Ivan Tan.

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