Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch the world’s longest commercial flights in October, with non-stop services between New York and Singapore using the new Airbus A350-900ULR. Flights will be launched on October 12, 2018, from Newark Liberty International Airport to Singapore Changi Airport. The route will initially be served three times a week, departing Newark on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Daily operations will commence from October 19 after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service.
SIA is the world’s first customer for the new A350-900ULR, with seven on firm order with Airbus. The aircraft will be configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats. Tickets will be made available for sale progressively across the various booking channels, starting May 31.
Flights will cover approximately 9,000 nautical miles (16,700 kilometers), and traveling time will be up to 18 hours and 45 minutes. Singapore Airlines served the Newark-Singapore route until 2013, when services were suspended after the aircraft that were used at the time, Airbus A340-500s, were returned to Airbus.
The A350-900ULR will offer higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting designed to reduce jetlag. Its carbon composite airframe also allows for improved air quality due to a more optimized cabin altitude and humidity levels.
Singapore Airlines currently has 21 A350-900s in its fleet, with 46 more on order including seven of the ULR variant. The first A350-900ULR is due for delivery in September, with all seven due for delivery by the end of the year.
Singapore Airlines currently operates flights to Singapore from four U.S. gateways, including New York JFK (daily via Frankfurt), Houston (five times weekly via Manchester), Los Angeles (daily via Seoul and daily via Tokyo) and San Francisco (daily non-stop from Singapore as well as daily via Hong Kong).
Non-stop Los Angeles-Singapore flights are also planned with the A350-900ULR, details of which will be announced at a later date.
For more, visit www.singaporeair.com.