Singapore Airlines has announced it will launch the world's longest flight route in October, connecting Singapore to just outside New York in under 19 hours non-stop
The route from Singapore to Newark Liberty International Airport will fly approximately 16,700km and overtake the world’s longest existing flight, Qatar Airlines' Doha to Auckland route, which covers 14,500km.
According to a press release, the first flight takes off on 11 October. The route will initially be scheduled three times a week, with flight departures on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.
The new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra long range) aircraft will be used for the flights. They will be configured with 94 premium economy seats and 67 business seats.
The aircraft will offer a more comfortable flying experience for passengers with features such as higher ceilings, larger windows, a wider body, and lighting designed to reduce jetlag.
"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," Singapore Airlines' CEO, Goh Choon Phong said.
The city-state's national carrier had previously offered the Singapore-New York route until 2013 when it suspended the flight due to high fuel cost