- An Airbus A350-900ULR will be used for the Singapore to New York service
- The 8,700-mile route currently takes over 22 hours with a connection
- Singapore Airlines will re-launch the service, having stopped it in 2013
Singapore Airlines is set to re-launch a non-stop journey that’s a gruelling 19 hours long, from New York to Singapore.
It’s thought that the route will be offered later this year.
The carrier previously operated the long haul route until 2013.
Singapore Airlines is set to re-launch a non-stop journey that’s a gruelling 19 hours long, from New York to Singapore
Singapore Airlines says that due to demand the service will resume with the help of a brand new aircraft.
The plane in question will be Airbus’ new ‘ultra-long range’ version of its A350-900, of which Singapore Airlines is the launch customer.
The high-tech newly converted planes will have the capability of flying up to 19 hours using an increased fuel capacity system that can hold 165,000 litres, up from 141,000.
‘Our customers have been asking us to re-start non-stop Singapore-US flights and we are pleased that Airbus was able to offer the right aircraft to do so in a commercially viable manner,’ said Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong.
The airline has placed an order for 67 of the Airbus A350s, and as more of the efficient planes are added to the fleet, the plan is to resume the 19-hour Singapore-LA route in the near future as well.
At the moment, fliers wishing to make the 8,700-nautical-mile journey to the Big Apple from Singapore have to face the delights of a 22-hour journey, with at least one connection.
LA-bound passengers have a slightly shorter ordeal, with the trip currently taking around 17 hours or more, also with a stop.
At the moment, fliers wishing to make the 8,700-nautical-mile journey to the Big Apple from Singapore have to face the delights of a 22-hour journey, with at least one connection
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