Despite rising oil prices, airline reintroduces world's longest commercial flight

Premium economy on the Airbus A350-900 ULR

Well, if you happen to be travelling from Singapore to NY or vice versa in the future you could be about to embark on a record-breaking flight, as a new route is about to launch between the two destinations and in doing so, it will become the world's longest non-stop flight.

With enthusiasm and a bit of anxiety, 150 people today boarded to an Airbus, which took off from Singapore for a 19-hour marathon flight to NY. While 67 people in business class and around 94 in premium economy, with no regular economy seats available.

The airline previously flew the same route, but stopped the service in 2013 due to inefficiency. For, the Singapore-Newark flight will be the world's longest flight when it is relaunched on October 11.

According to the airline, the flight crew included two first officers and a 13-strong cabin contingent. It says the plane can fly 18,000 kilometers, or for over 20 hours. "We expect Singapore Airlines to regain market share, especially in the premium travel market".

When Singapore Airlines scrapped the previous Singapore-New York flight in 2013, oil was trading around $100 a barrel.

The cabin features a higher-than-normal ceiling, larger windows and lighting that is created to reduce jet lag on the world's longest flight. "We are delighted to see launch customer Qatar Airways extend its confidence in the A350-1000", said Guillaume Faury, President Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

'My cousin said 'hey, this is in the press.' I'm going to take pictures and show her, ' she said.

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Singapore Airlines have placed orders for an additional seven of the planes, opening up more possibilities for future flight services.

Long flights can be a drag when you're cooped up in cattle class, so perhaps it's a blessing in disguise that the soon-to-be record-holder for world's longest flight route has forgone economy cabins altogether.

The airline's revenue contribution from the Americas region is now at 14 percent, down from 20 percent in 2013 due to the loss of the non-stop flights, Corrine Png, CEO of transport research firm Crucial Perspective, said.

The long-range Airbus A350-900ULR was installed to carry up to 161 passengers.

SIA is offering new services to New York (Newark), San Francisco and Los Angeles and, in all, it will be operating 27 non-stop services each week from Singapore to the United States by the end of this year.

Singapore Airlines and Silk Air do not seem to have been adversely affected by the depreciation in the value of the Indian Rupee.

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