Singapore Airlines is planning to offer the world’s longest nonstop flight, as the airline will offer service from Singapore to New York City. The company has not announced when service for the flight will begin.
The nonstop flight will take 19 hours and travel more than 9,300 miles. The flight is longer than the upcoming flight from Emirates that plans on traveling from Dubai to Panama. Service for that flight is set to begin in February.
Singapore Airlines will use an ultra-long range version of the A350 from Airbus to conduct the service.
Founder of Endau Analytics Shukor Yusof said, “This will be the right equipment for Singapore Airlines to make the numbers work for them for the nonstop flights. Singapore has the reservoir of business travelers around the region to make this work. This will help Singapore Airlines strengthen its U.S. market, where it was lagging.”
The world’s current longest flight is offered by Qantas Airways, which offers service from Australia to Dallas.
There is a trend in the airline industry to take on longer ranges of flights. Airline companies believe that they are more profitable due to the decline of fuel prices and innovative new technologies that make airplanes more fuel-efficient than ever before.
CEO of Singapore Airlines Goh Choon Phong said, “Our customers have been asking us to re-start nonstop Singapore-U.S. flights. We are pleased that Airbus was able to offer the right aircraft to do so in a commercially viable manner.”
Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines will also restart its service from Singapore to Los Angeles, while services to other cities in the United States are also under consideration. The airline had previously cancelled services to the United States due to a lack of profitability from using old planes, which utilized four engines.
The newer planes, which only have two engines, are more efficient for extremely long distance flights. The planes also include a modified fuel system that maximizes fuel efficiency.
Singapore Airlines plans to obtain seven new planes that are capable of flying up to 19 hours.