World’s longest flight relaunches — and becomes even longer

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World’s longest flight relaunches — and becomes even longer

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21 October 2020

By | 21 October 2020

From 9 November, flights between Singapore and New York will have to cover a 2.5mi (4km) longer distance

Possibly a sign of travel industry recovery, the world’s longest flight will soon be returning to the sky. From 9 November, Singapore Airlines will relaunch the world’s longest flight and make it even longer.

In November, the airline will re-establish its connection between Singapore Changi airport and New York — only now it will be flying from and into JFK airport in Queens, New York as opposed to Newark, New Jersey. The Singapore–JFK flight route will be 2.5 miles (4 km) longer than the one previously connecting with Newark, covering a total distance of 9,536.5 miles (nearly 15,500 km).

Singapore Airlines will service the route with three flights per week. The first one will take off on Monday, 9 November from Changi airport and land 18 hours and 5 minutes later at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Its regular schedule is set to Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. The reverse connection is scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with a total flight time of 18 hours and 40 minutes.

The airline will be using an Airbus A350-900, with a capacity of 187 seats in economy class, 24 seats in premium economy class, and 42 in business class. 

The flights will carry a mix of passengers and cargo

The route between Singapore and New York had been serviced until 25 March when it was suspended indefinitely.

Among persisting global travel restrictions, it remains uncertain how many passengers can be expected to fly this route. The airline hopes to “better accommodate a mix of passenger and cargo traffic on its services to New York,” according to Singapore Airlines.

The non-stop flights will likely receive support from the growing number of passengers transiting via Singapore’s Changi airport. The airline also announced it is anticipating “significant cargo demand” from companies in the New York area, such as those in pharmaceuticals, e-commerce, and technology.

“Despite the challenging times for the airline industry, there are some early signs of optimism about a recovery in air travel,” said Mr. Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President Commercial for Singapore Airlines.

“Our customers say that they are increasingly confident about air travel, given the robust health and safety measures that are in place, as well as testing regimes to protect them and our staff. This optimism is also driven by recent moves by countries such as Singapore, which are easing the restrictions on both transit and inbound passengers in a safe and gradual manner.”

Find out more about the measures airlines are taking to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard planes. Read more in our article Transmission of COVID-19 inflight is extremely rare, research says.

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