After a span of five-year, Singapore Airlines is poised for a major boost to its US footprint from Thursday evening as it resumes the world’s longest commercial non-stop flight from Changi Airport in Singapore to New York’s Newark Liberty International.
The flight SQ22 which will cover 16,700 km will take 18 hours and 45 minutes, carrying just 161 passengers. The Airbus A350-900ULR (for “ultra-long-range”) is fitted with 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy.
The first flight will be a slightly shorter distance and will take the North Pacific route. According to a report in Herald, Captain S L Leong who is commanding the flight, told journalists that the flight should benefit for strong jet stream tail winds of up to 200kph over North Asia and could take just 17 hours.
”We’ll take the most efficient route and after we take off we’ll fly in a north easterly track over the South China Sea, Japan, North Pacific, Alaska, north Canada and then on to New York,” Herald quoted him. ”It looks as if it’s going to be 17 hours according to our latest flight plan. The time will depend on wind conditions.”
It will be the first commercial flight by any airline of the ULR on the route which lands at Newark,
The newest long-haul flight comes at a cost with the cheapest tickets in Premium economy starting from £1,639.
Business class will start from £3,689, with the daily schedule to start after the first flight.
Those who are lucky enough to travel on the flight will be served a “wellness cuisine”, which has been created by US wellness brand Canyon Ranch.
In order to increase the fuel-carrying capacity, Airbus repositioned the sensors within the existing tanks and made some changes to the air venting and piping in the wing. It allows an additional 24,000 litres of fuel at take-off, for a total of 165,000 litres, without the need for additional fuel tanks.
There are also aerodynamic tweaks, including larger upswept winglets to reduce drag. The plane is powered by Rolls-Royce XWB engines,
The longest flight is currently held by Qatar Airways for their 17 hour 40-minute flight from New Zealand to Doha, flying 14,500km distance.