Before the pandemic, the demand for ultra-long flights was growing, made possible by the increased autonomy of the new Airbus and Boeing models. The longest these flights all the Singapore – Newark – Singapore route, operated by Singapore Airlines. Now, the Singaporean Flag Carrier has announced that it will break its own record by…5km.
Singapore Airlines will resume the world’s longest regular flight in a few days. However, starting on November 9, instead of Newark, flights will be operated to John F. Kennedy Airport, making the world’s longest flight even longer.
According to One Mile At A Time, the distance traveled between Singapore and JFK will be about 15,348 km, 5 km more compared to the 15,348 km between Changi Airport and Newark – a real marathon in the sky.
The flights on this new(ish) route will be operated 3 times a week: the plane will take off from Singapore on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and land in New York around 18 hours and 5 minutes later. The return flight will take even longer – 18 hours and 40 minutes!
Interestingly, Singapore Airlines will not use the Airbus A350-900ULR – tailor-made for this route with only business class and premium economy classes. Instead of the ULR model, the company will use a “standard” Airbus A350-900 with 42 seats in business class, 24 in premium economy and 187 in economy class.
In a note, the carrier justifies the change with the objective of “better accommodate a mix of passenger and cargo traffic on its services to New York in the current operating climate”
Operating to JFK International Airport would allow Singapore Airlines to better accommodate a mix of passenger and cargo traffic on its services to New York in the current operating climate. SIA’s non-stop services to New York would also be supported by the growing number of transfer passengers who can now transit via Singapore’s Changi Airport.
SIA also anticipates significant cargo demand from a range of industries based in the New York metro area, including pharmaceuticals, e-commerce and technology firms. The new service will provide the only non-stop air cargo link from the U.S. Northeast to Singapore, which serves as a regional distribution hub for many major U.S.-based companies.