The Return of the World’s Longest Flight

Singapore Airlines Flight to New York Will Restart in November and Be 2 Miles Longer

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 at Changi Airport

By Paul Riegler on 20 October 2020
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In the days, months, and years before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, airlines vied to be the operator of “the world’s longest flight.” The coronavirus put a stop to that as airlines drastically cut back on flying.

Indeed, restrictions on travel led to some oddities, such as a period of time when Air Tahiti Nui, a French carrier based in Tahiti with a fleet of four Boeing 787 Dreamliners, operated a 9,775-mile (15,731-kilometer) flight from Papeete to Paris and held the title.  This route typically includes a stop in Los Angeles to refuel and take on additional passengers, but the restrictions made that stop impossible.

Now Singapore Airlines, which held the title until the start of the pandemic, will resume flights from Singapore to New York come November.

The flight – from Singapore Changi Airport to Newark Liberty Airport – took 18 hours and traveled 9,534 miles (15,434 kilometers).

When the flight returns in November, however, it will be slightly longer as the flight will operate from Changi to John F. Kennedy International Airport, with a distance of 9,536.5 miles (15,347.5 kilometers) but little change in the flight time.

The change is to“better accommodate a mix of passenger and cargo… in the current operating climate,” the airline said in a statement.

The flight will operate thrice weekly, using an Airbus A350-900 with 42 business-class seats, 24 premium-economy seats, and 187 coach seats.

The flight from Singapore to JFK will take 18 hours and 5 minutes, while the return flight will take 18 hours and 40 minutes.

Flight attendants will don goggles, gloves, and masks, and passengers will be required to have face masks on when not eating or drinking.

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