Press Release: Singapore Airlines to launch longest commercial flights

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch the world’s longest commercial flights in October, with non-stop services between New York and Singapore using the new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range).

Flights are to be launched on October 12, 2018, from Newark Liberty International Airport to Singapore Changi Airport. The route will initially be served three times a week, departing Newark on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Daily operations will commence from October 19 after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service. (Please see Annex for flight schedules).

SIA is the world’s first customer for the new A350-900ULR, with seven on firm order with Airbus. The aircraft will be configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats. Tickets will be made available for sale progressively across the various booking channels, starting tomorrow.

SIA business class on the A350. Image: SIA

Flights will cover a distance of approximately 9,000nm (16,700km), and traveling time will be up to 18hrs 45min. Singapore Airlines served the Newark-Singapore route until 2013, when services were suspended after the aircraft that were used at the time, Airbus A340-500s, were returned to Airbus.

“Singapore Airlines has always taken pride in pushing the boundaries to provide the best possible travel convenience for our customers, and we are pleased to be leading the way with these new non-stop flights using the latest-technology, the ultra-long-range Airbus A350-900ULR,” said Singapore Airlines’ CEO, Mr. Goh Choon Phong.

“The flights will offer our customers the fastest way to travel between the two cities – in great comfort, together with Singapore Airlines’ legendary service – and will help boost connectivity to and through the Singapore hub.”

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The A350-900ULR will offer customers a more comfortable traveling experience with features such as higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting designed to reduce jetlag. Its carbon composite airframe also allows for improved air quality due to a more optimized cabin altitude and humidity levels.

Singapore Airlines currently has 21 A350-900s in its fleet, with 46 more on order including seven of the ULR variant. The first A350-900ULR is due for delivery in September, with all seven due for delivery by the end of the year.

Singapore Airlines currently operates flights to Singapore from four U.S. gateways, including New York JFK (daily via Frankfurt), Houston (five times weekly via Manchester), Los Angeles (daily via Seoul and daily via Tokyo) and San Francisco (daily non-stop from Singapore as well as daily via Hong Kong).

Non-stop Los Angeles-Singapore flights are also planned with the A350-900ULR, details of which will be announced at a later date.

Flight Schedules

 

Northern Summer (to 27 October 2018)
Flight Number Days of Operation Time of Departure Time of Arrival
SQ22

Singapore-Newark

Daily 2335 0600 (+1)
SQ21

Newark-Singapore

Daily 1045 1730 (+1)
Northern Winter (28 October 2018 to 30 March 2019)
SQ22

Singapore-Newark

Daily 0040 0530
SQ21

Newark-Singapore

Daily 0945 1715 (+1)

 

*All Singapore times. Flight schedule is subject to daylight savings, slots and regulatory approvals.

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