Singapore to End World’s Longest Flights
Singapore Airlines announced it will discontinue flights between Singapore and Newark Liberty International Airport, a route that covered roughly 9,500 miles in 18 hours, and between Singapore and Los Angeles, California, an 18-hour 30-minute flight that covered 8,000 miles.
The airline was operating the flights using Airbus A340-500 aircraft which were configured with 98 business-class seats. Most A340-500 jets have 250 seats. Singapore sold tickets on the two routes for roughly $8,000 roundtrip.
The flights have held the records for longest distance flight and longest duration flight since 2004. The Los Angeles flight takes longer despite the shorter distance due to headwinds over the Pacific Ocean, while the Newark flight takes the polar route, which allows it to fly faster.
The title of longest distance flight will fall to the Qantas Sydney-Dallas route at 8,500 miles, and Delta’s flight between Atlanta, Georgia and Johannesburg, South Africa will hold the title of longest duration flight at 17 hours.