Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Singapore Airlines To Launch World's Longest Commercial Flights

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has confirmed today it will launch the world’s longest commercial flights this coming October!

The popular airline will operate a new non-stop services between Singapore and New York using the new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) from 11th October 2018.

Singapore Airlines says the route will initially be served three times a week, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday and Saturday heading to Newark Liberty International Airport. The carrier confirms that daily operations would commence from 18 October after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service.  

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

The airline is the world’s first customer for the new powerful A350-900ULR, with seven on firm order with Airbus. The aircraft will be configured in a two-class premium layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats. Tickets for the new flights will go on sale from tomorrow.

“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, adding, “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 jet lag. 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).

Another ultra long route is on the cards by SIA with these super new A350-900ULR, they are planning a new non-stop service between Singapore-Los Angeles, although no start date has yet been announced. 

Flight Schedules

Northern Summer (to 27 October 2018)
Flight NumberDays of OperationTime of DepartureTime of Arrival
SQ22 Singapore-NewarkDaily23350600 (+1)
SQ21 Newark-SingaporeDaily10451730 (+1)

Northern Winter (28 October 2018 to 30 March 2019)
Flight NumberDays of OperationTime of DepartureTime of Arrival
SQ22 Singapore-NewarkDaily00400530
SQ21 Newark-SingaporeDaily09451715 (+1)
*All times local.  Flight schedule is subject to daylight savings, slots and regulatory approvals.