Lift off: Singapore Airlines to boost U.S

Lift off: Singapore Airlines to boost U.S

Two pilots, a special "wellness" menu and more than seven weeks' worth of film and television entertainment accompany the travellers on the 16,700-kilometre (10,400-mile) journey to the Big Apple.

Singapore Airlines Ltd SIAL.SI is poised for a major boost to its USA footprint from Thursday evening as it resumes, after five years, the world's longest commercial flight - a near-19 hour non-stop from Singapore to NY.

Singapore Airlines only offers premium economy and business seats on the flight - no regular economy seats.

Also near the top of the world's mega-flights, is the Philippine Airlines Manila to London service, which takes more than 15 hours.

According to the airline, the flight crew included two first officers and a 13-strong cabin contingent.

"I'm a little anxious, I wonder what I'm going to do for 18 hours and 30 minutes" on the plane, 52-year-old Peggy Ang, a computer company executive, admitted before boarding.

The Singapore Airline said that the dining options will be included dishes that have been chosen to promote well-being in the air, with organic food items on the menu.

The world's largest flight from Singapore to NY can take up to 18 hours and 45 minutes under the normal weather conditions.


The airline says the aircraft offers increased cabin pressure to offer passengers more oxygen on board, less noise and LED lighting to help combat jet lag.

It topped the previous longest direct air link between cities - Qatar Airways Flight 921 from Auckland to Doha, which takes 17 hours 40 minutes.

'My cousin said 'hey, this is in the press.' I'm going to take pictures and show her, ' she said.

Long flights can be a drag when you're cooped up in cattle class, so perhaps it's a blessing in disguise that the soon-to-be record-holder for world's longest flight route has forgone economy cabins altogether. By using this system, the plan burns 25 percent less fuel as compared to the other aircraft with the similar size, said Airbus.

Singaporean airlines is hoping that the introduction of more fuel-efficient planes will become a permanent thing as fuel prices continue to soar.

Long-haul flights halfway across the globe are making a comeback even with oil prices close to their highest in four years.

Four airlines now connect Singapore to six USA cities. However, this flight will carry a maximum of 161 passengers. With SIA's new non-stop services, there will be 72 weekly passenger services between Changi and the U.S., noted Changi Airport Group spokesman Ivan Tan.

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