Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

World's longest flight makes a comeback

World's longest flight makes a comeback

The jet has about 160 seats, but no economy class -only premium economy seats with more legroom and business class.

As many as 161 passengers were getting ready to board the longest flight in the world on Thursday.

The airline's revenue contribution from the Americas region is now at 14 percent, down from 20 percent in 2013 due to the loss of the non-stop flights, Corrine Png, CEO of transport research firm Crucial Perspective, said.

"I have a lot of notes to read, hopefully I can sleep well", said Ang, a membership director of an IT services firm.

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Spending almost 19 hours in the air is a helluva long time to be flying, but fortunately the passengers on the world's longest flight won't be cramped in cattle class.

Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong, said the A350-900 ULR "will bring more convenience and comfort to our customers and will enable us to operate ultra-long-range flights in a commercially viable manner". "I get the opportunity to come to Singapore, stay here, be in the city, but then also see other destinations", he said. "I enjoy the passion of flying", he said, adding he would binge on the in-flight entertainment. "Watch all the movies I can, I guess", said Peggy Ang, who is on business trip to Orlando.

The cabins in the plane have higher than the normal ceilings, larger windows than the normal and lighting created to reduce jet lag. 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. Check out how we built the world's longest range airliner!

About six months after Qantas Airways started a direct service from Perth, Australia, to London, Singapore Airlines is bringing back its 16,700-kilometre jump to NY on October 11.

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Facing increasingly strong competition in recent years, Singapore Airlines has consolidated its low-fare subsidiaries and is strengthening its premium segment. Aviation experts also believe that long-haul direct flights might be the future of air travel, at least for a small niche of fliers.

Mr Thomas says it's been proven over and over again that people want to fly non-stop, "so these sorts of aeroplanes are set to gain terrific momentum".

The route was later abandoned due to rising fuel costs - an issue the airline has countered this time around with their fancy new fuel-efficient A350-900 ULR plane.

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