The Singapore Airlines informed on Wednesday that it would be reintroducing the world’s longest commercial flight in the month of October. The flight would be a journey of almost nineteen hours from the city-state to New York. However, the flight would not be available for the economy class travellers.
The regular, no-stop journey from the Changi to Newark Airport would cover around 10,300 miles (16,700 kilometres) and would take around eighteen hours and forty-five minutes, as informed by the airline in a statement.
The present holder of running the longest flight of the world is Qatar Airways, with their flight 921 from Auckland to Doha, which takes around seventeen hours and forty minutes.
The Singapore Airlines flight would use the long-distance Airbus A350-900ULR which would be configured for carrying one hundred and sixty-one passengers—sixty-seven passengers in the business class and ninety-four in the premium economy class.
The airline had earlier flown a similar route from 2004 to 2013 however, the airlines cancelled it as it was unable to make the expected revenues. The airlines latest decision has come as the carrier is looking around for new sources of revenue generation in a competitive environment. It is to be noted that long-haul flights often make more money than the ones who require stops.
There are other plans also like for the introduction of a non-stop flight from Singapore to Los Angeles by using the same plane, the airline said.
The new route has been relaunched as the city-state’s flag carrier is facing tough challenges.
Last year, the airline combined its low-cost units TigerAir and Scoot into a single body in the streaming exercise.
Earlier this month it said that it would merge the struggling premium regional wing—SilkAir into a broader group after a multi-million-dollar upgrade as part of the changes in order to stay in the competition.