Singapore Airlines will resume nonstop service to New York by the end of 2018, reclaiming the title for world’s longest flight.
Singapore Airlines served Newark, NJ from 2004 to 2013 using an A340-500 configured exclusively with 100 business class seats. That route was abandoned due to declining revenue and an attractive opportunity to return the aging and gas-guzzling A345s to Airbus.
The new route will be operated by an Airbus 350-900ULR, which competed its first test flight earlier this week. This new aircraft will be able to make the journey nonstop, even with a full cargo load. It can fly up to 11,160 miles nonstop (about 1,800 miles more than a standard A350). Singapore plans to configure the aircraft with two classes of service, business and premium economy.
The new route will overtake Qatar’s Auckland to Doha flight as the world’s longest. The New York to Singapore flight is 9,521 miles and will take 19 hours. Auckland to Doha is 9,032 miles and about 18 hours.
Singapore has not indicated whether it will return to Newark or fly into New York Kennedy instead. If Singapore flies into JFK, I would not expect the historic SQ25 from JFK to Frankfurt to Singapore to necessarily be cut.
Los Angeles in 2019
Singapore also confirmed it would resume nonstop service to Los Angeles in 2019. This route would compete head-on with United Airlines, which began nonstop service to Singapore from Los Angeles last autumn. Singapore also abandoned nonstop flights to Los Angeles in 2013.
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Singapore Airlines has ordered seven Airbus 350-900ULR and is considering other North American destinations as well. At least for now, however, only New York and Los Angeles represent confirmed destinations.