Airbus delivers plane for world’s longest non-stop service

The new A350-900 will operate the 19-hour route between Singapore and New York/Newark

The longest commercial flight ever operated is soon to be launched and the carrier responsible, Singapore Airlines, has just marked a significant milestone.

The Airbus A350-900, an ultra-long-range aircraft that is able to complete the 19-hour trip between Singapore and New York/Newark, has just arrived at its base in Singapore.

The new flight will connect the two hubs from 11 October and will cover the distance of approximately 16,700km with a travelling time of up to 18 hours 45 minutes. The aircraft is configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats.

“This is a proud moment for both Singapore Airlines and Airbus, not only because we have again strengthened our partnership, but also because we have pushed the limits with this highly advanced new aircraft to extend long-range flying to new lengths,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Goh Choon Phong.

The longest non-stop service in the world will launch from 11 October ― Shutterstock Airbus delivers plane for world's longest non-stop service
The longest non-stop service in the world will launch on 11 October ― Singapore Airlines

“The A350-900ULR will bring more convenience and comfort to our customers and will enable us to operate ultra-long-range flights in a commercially viable manner. It will help us boost our network competitiveness and further grow the Singapore hub.

Airbus CEO Tom Enders added: “Today’s delivery is a milestone for Airbus and Singapore Airlines, as together we open a new chapter in non-stop air travel. With its unrivalled range and step-change in fuel efficiency, the A350 is uniquely placed to meet a demand for new ultra-long haul services.”

 

“The combination of the A350’s quiet, spacious cabin and SIA’s world-renowned in-flight product will ensure the highest levels of passenger comfort on the world’s very longest routes.”

The A350-900ULR is designed for a more comfortable travelling experience with features such as higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra-wide body, quieter cabins and lighting designed to reduce jet lag. Its carbon composite airframe also allows for improved air quality due to an optimised cabin altitude and humidity levels.

The longest flights in the world (until October 2018)

  1. DohaAuckland, Qatar Airways, 14,529 km
  2. LondonPerth, Qantas, 14,496 km
  3. DubaiAuckland, Emirates, 14,200 km
  4. Los AngelesSingapore, United Airlines, 14,113 km
  5. HoustonSydney, United Airlines, 13,833 km
  6. SydneyDallas, Qantas, 13,804 km
  7. San FranciscoSingapore, United Airlines & Singapore Airlines, 13,592 km
  8. AtlantaJohannesburg, Delta, 13,581 km
  9. Abu DhabiLos Angeles, Etihad, 13,502 km
  10. DubaiLos Angeles, Emirates, 13420 km