For, the Singapore-Newark flight will be the world's longest flight when it is relaunched on October 11. "We always thought in India we would be able to sell flights to the US West Coast, but the interest for NY surprised us".
Along with the well-skilled two pilots, a special "wellness" menu and more than seven weeks' worth of film and television entertainment was installed inside the airplane for the travelers on the 16,700-kilometre (10,400-mile) journey to the Big Apple. The brand new A350-900ULR which will operate the flight has been configured in a two class layout with 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy seats.
The airfare and transit time are dampeners though. Aviation experts also believe that long-haul direct flights might be the future of air travel, at least for a small niche of fliers.
But SIA hopes to tap into the Indian market bound for the US West Coast in the near future.
The flight last took place in 2013 with an A340-500. It will be carried out with the new family of Airbus aircraft, a twin-engine, long-range plane with considerably lower fuel consumption that can fly for up to 20 hours without stopping.
But Max Kingsley-Jones, group editor of Flight Global, warned that plans for new non-stop routes had a habit of changing in line with the economics of the world.
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Singapore Airlines will be flying its newest plane, the Airbus A350-900 Ultra Long Range (ULR), non-stop from Singapore to NY in a record 19 hours, starting today. That's about an inch wider than the premium economy seats on American and Delta.
"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".
The airline is not planning to offer any economy bookings on the route. "I slept soundly, woke up and realized [there were] around eight hours left", said Ong, who took the first flight back to Singapore, straight after landing in Newark.
The record-breaking flight, which departs at 23.35pm local time (0235 Friday AEDT) on an Airbus A350-900ULR, will unseat Qatar Airways from the current record for the world's longest flight - a 17-hour 40-minute marathon journey from Doha to Auckland. "On board the consensus was that the time passed very quickly and didn't seem like 17.5 hours", Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of Airlineratings.com, was quoted as saying in a BBC report.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has re-launched the service for the first time in five years as the flight was originally too expensive.