Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Have 19 hours? World's longest commercial flight takes off

World's Longest Flight Makes a Comeback Without Cattle Class A business-class seat is seen onboard an Airbus Group SE A350-900 aircraft
Russell Knight | 13 October, 2018, 10:31

Singapore Airlines is set to launch a new non-stop service between Singapore and NY on Thursday, with a flight time of 18 hours and 45 minutes - and they'll be farewelling squishy economy seats for the plush new service.

The move to ditch economy will further cement Singapore Airlines as a premium service provider, as they continue to move away from their budget-friendly past image.

A business class ticket entitles passengers to two meals, and the choice of when they are served, plus refreshments in between. By the end of 2018, SIA will link Singapore and the United States with 27 weekly non-stop flights. Its long-range Airbus A350-900 aircraft will take 19 hours to fly the Singapore-New York route and carry 161 passengers, non in "cattle" class.

Of two possible routes that Singapore Airlines could take to Newark, the airline has already told its passengers that they'll be opting for the NOPAC route, or the North Pacific route.

Mr Thomas, the editor-in-chief of airline rating site Airlineratings.com, has been on several such inaugural flights, including Qantas' new long-haul from Perth to London, inaugurated earlier this year.

It has since flown to New York's JFK Airport via Frankfurt and to Los Angeles via Tokyo and Seoul.

"In the boom times you get a lot of what we call direct-connect flights between smaller cities..."

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Qatar Airways is delighted to have upgraded five of its previously ordered A350-900 to the more recently launched A350-1000.

Long-haul flights halfway across the globe are making a comeback even with oil prices close to their highest in four years. The A340-500 it was using at the time used a lot of fuel and eventually the route became too expensive to run.

The cabins in the plane have higher than the normal ceilings, larger windows than the normal and lighting created to reduce jet lag.

"You may not exactly pinpoint why it's so comfortable and so nice to be flying on this airplane, but everything was done on objective", Florent Petteni, Airbus' aircraft interiors marketing director for the A350, tells the outlet. The revamped model consumes 25 per cent less fuel than aircraft of a similar size and performance, according to Maria Luisa Lucas Ugena, Airbus's head of A350 product marketing.

"It allows us to offer a service that eliminates a transfer in the middle, it saves people six hours, it gets people there in comfort ... we think it's going to be a good success", Wilson said. Bathrooms in the premium economy section are fitted with a spray for hydration.

"We really are entering a new era of travel".

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