World’s longest non-stop flight set to take off this winter

New Ultra Long Range Airbus will connect New York with Singapore in 20 hours

The recently launched longest-ever commercial flight between London and Perth won’t be ruling the sky for too long as Singapore Airlines are about to kick off a 20-hour-long non-stop route from Singapore to New York, beating the current record holder by three hours.

The new aircraft, Airbus’ Ultra Long Range A350 XWB, has just successfully completed a test flight, meaning it is ready for service. Singapore Airlines ordered seven of the new aircraft to operate the world’s longest commercial route, which will launch in the second half of 2018.

“Altogether, Singapore Airlines has ordered seven A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft, which it will use on non-stop flights between Singapore and the US, including the world’s longest commercial service between Singapore and New York,” Airbus said in the official statement

“With a maximum take-off weight of 280 tonnes, the Ultra Long Range A350 XWB is capable of flying over 20 hours non-stop, combining the highest levels of passenger and crew comfort with unbeatable economics for such distances.”

The cabin equipment will be more than enough for such a long haul as all A350s share Airbus’ design philosophy to make the interior feel more like a room than a tube. Passengers will enjoy sophisticated LED lighting, high ceilings and almost vertical sidewalls. The operation is also very quiet with low noise emission.

“The A350 is a clean-sheet design that has been designed for those long-range flights,” Florent Petteni, Airbus’ Aircraft Interiors Marketing Director for the A350, told CNN.

These features, along with a maximum in-cabin simulated altitude of just 6,000 feet, all combine to provide an improved passenger experience, according to Petteni.

“You may not exactly pinpoint why it’s so comfortable and so nice to be flying on this aeroplane, but everything was done on purpose.”