The world’s longest commercial flight is back in the game and flying passengers from Singapore to the New York region. On October 11, 2018, the Singapore Airlines set off to cover a long distance of over 15,000km in almost 19 hours.
The comeback of an older experience
Previously, the Airline Company has stopped long flights due to expensive fuel costs. The flight SQ22 had 150 passengers and 17 on-board crew. The flight took off from the Changi International Airport to Newark’s International airport that services New York. However, there was not much of a fanfare.
The administration of the airline company told passengers before takeoff that the flight to Newark would be the longest flight in the world by a distance, and it would take around 19 hours. Earlier in 2018, Qantas airlines launched a long seventeen-hour direct service from Perth to London. Likewise, Qatar airways ran a 17.5 hour long service between Auckland and Doha.
The flight did not have any economy class seats. Instead, it had 94 spacious and premium economy and sixty-seven business class seats. What’s more interesting to know is that these state-of-the-art seating can also fold out into a bed.
Is this the future of long haul flights?
Various companies are already using the newer A350 and A900 on their long haul flight routes. These airline models have great on-board structural mechanisms including higher ceilings, lighting designed to decrease jetlag, larger windows, spacious and roomy cabins, etc. So much so, all good things and facilities for busy business travelers.
However, the ultra-long range version bought by Singapore airlines from Airbus has the longest flying capability, thanks to the amazingly modified fuel system. Now, the airline can fly for 19-20 hours non-stop, and this is something most airline and aviation experts will tell us that it is indeed the future of long haul flying for pleasure and business. The aviation industry is really entering into the new age/era of travel.