Singapore Airlines is set to launch world’s longest commercial flights in October, with non-stop services between Singapore and New York with new Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range). The route which will be of 3 times a week will be launched from October 11 2018 and will be conducted on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
SIA is the world’s first customer for the new A350-900ULR and has even ordered 7 on firm order which will be configured in 2 class layout; Business and Premium Economy class seat.
The flight distance will approximately be 9,000nm (16,700km), and traveling time will be up to 18hrs 45min.
SIA currently has 21 A350-900s in its fleet, with 46 more on order including seven of the ULR variant of which one is due for delivery on September and all seven by the end of the year. The full details about the flights will be announced in future.
Previously, the historic first non-stop flight from Australia to Europe was conducted by Qantas flight QF9, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with more than 230 passengers and crew on board. The flight from Perth, Australia to Britain landed in London on March 25 after 17 hours and 5 minutes of journey completing 14,875 km of distance. The Dreamliner, which Qantas says has 20 per cent better fuel efficiency than similar-sized aircraft, covered the 14,875km with no major issues.