Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

World’s Longest Flight Makes A Comeback, Without Cattle Class

Singapore Airlines' new aircraft will fly nearly 19 hours non-stop Singapore Airlines' new aircraft will fly nearly 19 hours
Jean Garcia | 13 October, 2018, 10:33

The details further said that the flight has been created to carry 161 passengers which include 67 in the business class and 94 in the premium economy.

For those not packing a weighty novel (or two), there will be 1,200 hours of audio-visual entertainment to choose from. This latest endorsement for the largest member of Airbus' successful A350 XWB family reflects the five-star-airline's need for growth and capacity at best comfort and efficiency levels available, a statement from the career said.

"In addition, for 11 days this month only Singapore Airlines will be operating to Kolkata which will allow us to offer more seats to Singapore", Lim said. "I'm lucky because I'm able to sleep on the plane".

The flight from the Southeast Asian city-state to Newark Airport can be completed in 18 hours and 45 minutes with ideal weather conditions, but the pilots will have fuel in reserve should the journey approach the aircraft's maximum 20-hour flying time.

In fourth position is United Airlines' B787-9 flight between Los-Angeles and Singapore logging 14113km (8,770m) and flight time of 17 hours 50 minutes. They get extra down time on board, with at least eight hours of rest, compared with 5 1/2 hours on a typical long-haul service, according to Singapore Air.

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Singapore previously operated the route using Airbus A340-500 airliners before suspending the service in 2013.

The twin-engine plane uses a modified system that burns 25 per cent less fuel than other aircraft of a similar size, Airbus said. "I'm an aviation enthusiast", Messaggio said. "The plane has high ceilings, sophisticated LED lighting, nearly vertical sidewalls and a low noise level".

Once the marathon flight is completed, they'll officially eclipse Qatar's current record-holding Auckland to Doha flight of 17-and-a-half hours as the world's longest.

"They are hoping to capitalise and exploit a very niche market", he said. It received the first aircraft in September. The lighter passenger load and high fuel expenditure should send ticket prices way up, and this long-haul option is reportedly aimed at businesspeople who will gladly throw their expense account at a flight with the most direct route and then just cross their fingers that nobody pukes.

Mr Thomas says it's been proven over and over again that people want to fly non-stop, "so these sorts of aeroplanes are set to gain terrific momentum".

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