Singapore Airlines announced today that they will resume flying direct from Singapore Changi Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport. The route is scheduled to resume operations on October 11, 2018.
Measuring in at a staggering 9,537 miles one-way (per Great Circle Mapper), this flight will be crowned the "World's Longest Flight". In addition to that, the flight will be in the air for more than 18 hours on both legs to and from Newark.
This flight is made possible by Singapore Airlines is set to receive their first Airbus A350ULR (Ultra Long Range) aircraft in September. Singapore Airlines will configure these aircraft with 161 total seats. That total will consist of 67 Business Class seats and 94 international-style premium economy seats.
When service was discontinued back in 2013, Singapore Airlines used Airbus A340-500 aircraft to operate the flight. In 2015, Singapore Airlines had expressed intentions to resume service to Newark, once the right aircraft entered their fleet. However, the time has come for Singapore Airlines to make a return to Newark.
Preliminary scheduling reveals the flight will operate three times a week. After Singapore Airlines receives more of A350ULR aircraft, the frequency will increase to daily.
In addition to Newark, Singapore Airlines serves four other U.S. airports, they consist of Los Angeles International Airport (via Seoul and Tokyo), New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (via Frankfurt), Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (via Manchester) and San Francisco International Airport (via Hong Kong and non-stop).
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