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World's Longest Flight Makes a Comeback Without Cattle Class

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 relaunched the service five years after it was cut because it had become too expensive.

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

A business class ticket entitles passengers to two meals, and the choice of when they are served, plus refreshments in between. "Premium economy fares will get three meals at fixed times, with refreshments in between". 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.

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. Check out how we built the world's longest range airliner!

The Australian national flag carrier also plans to fly non-stop from Australia to NY - slightly shorter than the London-Sydney non-stop flight.

The Singapore carrier has seven more A350-900ULRs on firm order with Airbus.

Compared to most worldwide long haul flights, which can accommodate up to 544 people (based on an Airbus A380), the A350-900 will accommodate just 161 passengers, made up of 94 seats in premium economy and 67 business class.

She said capacity would need to be managed carefully given high fuel prices, but there should be sufficient demand as long as the United States and global economies remained robust.

Singapore Airlines has previously flown the route using the uneconomical, four-engine A340-500.

But the ultra-long-range version that SIA has bought from Airbus has the longest capability of any aircraft flying today, thanks in part to a slightly modified fuel system.

The cabins in the plane have higher than the normal ceilings, larger windows than the normal and lighting created to reduce jet lag.

"It allows us to offer a service that eliminates a transfer in the middle, it saves people six hours, it gets people there in comfort ... we think it's going to be a good success", Wilson said. There are no first-class suites or economy class seats on board.



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