Singapore Airlines has today announced their intention to restart the world's longest non-stop flight from Singapore to Newark and vice versa. The flight is scheduled to begin on October 11th with three weekly flights and will transition to daily flights on October 18th. The flight with the flight number SQ22 to New York will depart Singapore shortly before Midnight and will land in Newark at 6 am, which means it will be a pure night flight. SQ21 will leave Newark at 11 am and will land in Singapore at 6 pm the next day. This 9000-mile journey will take up to 19 hours in SIA's brand new A350-900ULR (ULR stands for Ultra-Long-Range) that is configured with 67 business class seats and 94 seats in Premium Economy.
This route was previously served until 2013 when Singapore was still operating the A340-500 in a pure business-configuration. The service, however, was shut down after a rise in fuel prices and relatively low demand. SIA hopes the offering of Premium Economy on the route will make the route more viable to customers. The daily A380-flight Singapore-Frankfurt-New York JFK will not be discontinued and will operate normally.
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