SINGAPORE AIRLINES TO LAUNCH WORLD’S LONGEST COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch the world’s longest commercial flights in October, with  non-stop  services  between Singapore  and New  York  using  the  new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range).

Flights  are to  be  launched  on  11  October 2018,  to  Newark Liberty  International Airport.  The  route will initially be  served three times  a week,  departing Singapore on  Monday,  Thursday and  Saturday.  Daily operations  will  commence from   18 October after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service. (Please see  Annex for flight schedules).

SIA is the  world’s first customer for the  new A350-900ULR, with seven on firm order with  Airbus.  The  aircraft will be  configured in a two-class layout, with  67  Business Class seats  and  94  Premium Economy  Class seats.  Tickets  will be  made available for sale progressively across the  various booking channels, starting from  tomorrow.

Flights  will cover a distance of approximately 9,000nm (16,700km), and travelling time will be  up  to  18hrs 45min.  Singapore  Airlines  served the  Singapore-Newark route until  2013, when services were suspended after the  aircraft used at the  time, Airbus  A340-500s, were returned to Airbus.

“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, ultra- long-range  Airbus  A350-900ULR,”  said  Singapore  Airlines’  CEO, Mr  Goh  Choon Phong.

“The flights  will offer  our  customers the  fastest way to travel between the  two  cities–  in  great comfort,  together with  Singapore  Airlines’  legendary  service  – and will help  boost connectivity to and through the  Singapore hub.”

The  A350-900ULR  will offer  customers a more comfortable  travelling  experience with  features  such   as higher  ceilings,   larger  windows,  an extra wide   body and lighting designed to reduce jetlag. Its carbon composite airframe also allows for improved air quality due to a more optimised cabin altitude and humidity levels.

Singapore Airlines  currently has 21  A350-900s in its fleet,  with  46  more on  order including  seven of  the  ULR variant.  The  first  A350-900ULR  is due for  delivery  in September, with  all seven due for delivery by the  end of the  year.

Singapore  Airlines  currently  serves New  York  JFK, daily  via  Frankfurt.  Other US destinations include Houston (five times weekly via Manchester), Los Angeles (daily via Seoul  and daily via Tokyo), and San Francisco (daily non-stop from  Singapore as well as daily via Hong Kong).

Non-stop  Singapore-Los  Angeles  flights  are also  planned  with  the  A350-900ULR, details of which will be  announced at a later date.

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