This is the world’s longest flight, filled with uniqueness
13 October, 2018, 12:02 | Author: Mary Valdez
The journey covers a distance of 16,700 kilometres in just under 19 hours, making it the record holder in both distance and time.
The Singapore Airlines has ranked first as the longest direct air link between cities, leaving Qatar Airways Flight 921 behind as it flew from Auckland to Doha, which took 17 hours 40 minutes.
Now estimated to take 18 hours and 25 minutes on the NOPAC (North Pacific) route, the first flight is booked nearly in its entirety, the BBCreports.
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For those wincing at the idea of being cooped up for nearly 19 hours in a 220-foot tube at 35,000 feet, here's what to expect on the flight from Changi Airport to Newark Liberty International.
The company is the first airline in the world to operate the A350-900ULR plane.
The brand new Airbus plane that SIA is using has been configured to seat 161 passengers in all - 67 business passengers and 94 premium economy passengers.
The airline told the BBC that business class seats for the flight were fully booked.
The airline's senior vice-president for sales and marketing, Mr Campbell Wilson, who was also on the inaugural flight, said: "Tonight's event is one that we have been eagerly anticipating since then (2013, when the flight was axed)".
The menu will be created to promote "nutrition and hydration", featuring "science based recommendations" - but don't worry, there're still hearty options including burgers and a particularly fancy rib-eye steak that passengers can pre-order via the airline's "Book the Cook" application. Try the braised pork with citrus or the seared chicken and wide zucchini ribbons for dishes with less salt and sugar and more turmeric and fennel that Canyon says promote hydration and nutrition.
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An Airbus A350-900 sits on the tarmac during a media preview at Changi International Airport ahead of the Singapore Airshow on February 10, 2014.
But if you're not fussed about all that, you can still order a rib-eye steak or a burger through the airline's "Book The Cook" system.
For the Internet-addicted traveler anxious about being incommunicado for nearly a whole day, the flight offers Wi-Fi, for a price.
For film-lovers that shouldn't be a problem. Operated by Singapore Airlines, the city-state's national carrier, the trip will take less than 19 hours.
Two first officers and 13-strong cabin contingent will be available for the flight crew. They get extra down time on board, with at least eight hours of rest, compared with 5 1/2 hours on a typical long-haul service, according to Singapore Air.
Flying from NY to Singapore would be a longer journey, lasting an estimated 18 hours and 45 minutes.
Here's hoping that nobody on the flight gets jet lag because with a flight that long, it would probably take two weeks to recover.
The marathon flight will use the fuel efficient Airbus A350-900ULR.
Airbus said the A350-900URL plane's cabin has higher-than-normal ceilings, larger windows and lighting created to reduce jet lag - all part of an effort to lessen the stresses that can accompany nearly a day on a plane. Composite-based planes can also tolerate higher cabin pressure, which means more oxygen and moisture in the air, making for a more comfortable flight. The plane can now hold about 43,590 gallons of fuel, or more than 270 gallons per passenger on a full flight.
It marked the revival of a route that had been eliminated in 2013.
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