Singapore Airlines will offer more leg room when the world’s longest flight at nearly 19 hours takes off later this year – but there is a hitchJune 1, 2018
Tickets are currently on sale for the world’s longest flight which will travel from Singapore to New York three times a week starting October 11.
And in an attempt to help paying customers get some shut-eye the carrier has removed economy seating and replaced it with just two classes: premium and business.
‘The two-class configuration was a business consideration to meet market demand,’ Singapore Airlines told AFP about the lack of economy seats.
‘This configuration will also provide our customers with greater comfort on non-stop flights.’
The 16,700km route will start at Singapore’s Changi airport and fly to Newark Liberty Airport, near New York, with the new Airbus A350-900 ULR (ultra long range) aircraft.
Singapore Airlines will operate the flight on Monday, Thursday and Saturday when it first launches, but will begin daily operations as of October 18.
Staff told Daily Mail Australia that a flight leaving from Singapore on October 13 and returning again from Newark on October 16 will cost travellers $3,227 for premium and $9,020 business class – although these fares are subject to change.
‘Singapore Airlines has always taken pride in pushing the boundaries to provide the best possible travel convenience for our customers, and we are pleased to be leading the way with these new non-stop flights using the latest-technology,’ said Singapore Airlines’ CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong.
Previously, Qantas held the record for the longest flight, which travels 14,529km non-stop from Perth to London.
The route was launched in March to much fan-fare with passengers onboard delighted to take part in the historic ride, sharing photos of the specially crafted menu, complimentary amenity bags and the self-serve pantry, that’s loaded with free treats and drinks.