Singapore Airlines launches world's longest flight to NY
13 October, 2018, 12:03 | Author: Gerard Cortez
Singapore Airlines is bringing back its longest flight from Singapore to NY on October 11, to regain the title of the world's longest flight from Qatar Airways' Doha-Aukland flight, according to a report by Bloomberg. The brand new A350-900ULR which will operate the flight has been configured in a two-class layout with 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy seats.
Singapore Airlines launched the record-breaking route in 2004, but canceled it nine years later because of rising fuel prices.
An Airbus jetliner arrived in Newark on Friday after a almost 18-hour trip from Singapore, completing the world's longest commercial flight.
For the flight crew - which also includes two first officers and a 13-strong cabin contingent - the workload will be broken up, the airline said, with each pilot having a minimum eight hours' rest during the flight. "We are mainly anxious about cases of deep vein thrombosis" that can be caused by long-standing passengers and dehydration, said Gheel Kro, a consultant at Singapore's National University Hospital.
"Bookings from India number in hundreds, with Mumbai being the lead market, " said David Lim, general manager (India), Singapore Airlines (SIA).
The flight from the Southeast Asian city-state to Newark Airport can be completed in 18 hours and 45 minutes with ideal weather conditions, but the pilots will have fuel in reserve should the journey approach the aircraft's maximum 20-hour flying time.
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The cabins in the plane have higher than the normal ceilings, larger windows than the normal and lighting created to reduce jet lag. That will take the title of the world's longest commercial flight from Qatar Airways' route from Doha, United Arab Emirates to Auckland, New Zealand.
Campbell Wilson, its senior vice president of sales and marketing, said the Airbus A350-900ULR, which was delivered two weeks ago, consumes 25 percent less fuel than an older generation aircraft of the same size.
"Research has shown that hydration and food intake are important factors (to consider), such as avoiding foods that cause gas or bloating as well as excessive alcohol", Rhenu Bhuller, a healthcare expert at consultancy Frost & Sullivan, said.
The airline is banking on the use of technology to control its fuel bill, as oil hovers around $80 per barrel.
The Singapore carrier has seven more A350-900ULRs on firm order with Airbus.
Singapore Airlines and Silk Air do not seem to have been adversely affected by the depreciation in the value of the Indian Rupee. Six more are due for delivery by the end of the year.
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