SIA launches world’s longest flight


Singapore Airlines has launched the world’s longest commercial flight, between Singapore and New York.

The first new non-stop flight between Singapore and New York departed Changi International Airport on 11 October at 23h37 (Singapore time) and arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport a day later, at 05h29 (US Eastern time).
The flight duration was 17 hours and 52 minutes.

Operated by the all-new Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range), the route will initially be served three times a week, departing Singapore on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Daily operations will commence from 18 October after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service.

The aircraft is designed with higher ceilings, larger windows and an extra wide-body to help reduce jetlag.

Customers also have greater control over their in-flight entertainment experience with myKrisWorld – a personalised IFE offering that provides content recommendations based on customer preferences and viewing history.

KrisFlyer members are able to save and resume content, create playlists, and customise their preferences on myKrisWorld for subsequent flights.

In addition, KrisFlyer members will have access to 200 additional hours of in-flight entertainment. This is on top of the more than 1,000 hours of existing in-flight entertainment offerings.

The A350-900ULR is equipped with wi-fi, a service that will be progressively introduced on other aircraft that are equipped with Panasonic Avionics’ Internet and mobile in-flight connectivity.