After much speculation in recent months, Singapore Airlines has officially announced that it will be launching the world's longest commercial flight with non-stop services between Singapore and New York (EWR) on the new Airbus A350-900ULR. Flights are scheduled to be launched on 11 October and the route will initially be served three times a week, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday and Sunday.
Daily operations will commence from 18 October after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service. Singapore Airlines is the world’s first customer for the new A350-900ULR, with seven on firm order with Airbus. The aircraft will be configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats. Tickets will be made available for sale progressively across the various booking channels, starting from tomorrow. Flights will cover a distance of approximately 9,000nm (16,700km), and travelling time will be up to 18hrs 45min. Singapore Airlines served 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 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 jetlag. 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). Non-stop Singapore-Los Angeles flights are also planned with the A350-900ULR, details of which will be announced at a later date.