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Passenger jet departs on longest commercial flight

Passenger jet departs on longest commercial flight”

Singapore Airlines' CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong: "Singapore Airlines is proud to introduce the world's longest commercial flights with the new A350-900ULR and we are even more excited to be providing customers with improved connectivity between Singapore and the United States". The aircraft will be configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats.

Since 2003, the longest flight was Qatar Airways' Auckland-Doha on a Boeing 777-200LR (long range) at 17 hours, 40 minutes and 14,535 km, which the Singapore Airlines flight has upstaged. It's a bit after midnight this as I'm wrapping up, less than 20 miles from its destination as it happens. "I'm thinking of sleeping, watching TV, doing my work", she told reporters after checking in at Changi Airport for the flight scheduled to depart shortly before midnight local time. The workload was divided up, with each pilot having a minimum eight hours' rest during the flight. I flew here via Frankfurt and am flying back on this non-stop service. This New York flight is expected to take around 19 hours, on average, which is the whole of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies, assuming they are showing them.

They have higher ceilings, larger windows and lighting created to reduce jetlag - all good things for busy business travellers.

"We are mainly anxious about cases of deep vein thrombosis" that can be caused by long-standing passengers and dehydration, said Gheel Kro, a consultant at Singapore's National University Hospital.

This is not the first time that Singapore has operated this route, as it is a resumption of service on the route that was operated from 2004 until 2013.

Campbell Wilson, its senior vice president of sales and marketing, said the Airbus A350-900ULR, which was delivered two weeks ago, consumes 25 percent less fuel than an older generation aircraft of the same size.

"They are hoping to capitalise and exploit a very niche market", he told AFP.

The BBC reports that a business class ticket will entitle passengers to two meals, a choice of when they are served, plus refreshments in between and a bed to sleep in, while premium economy fares will get three meals at fixed times, with refreshments in between.

An Airbus A350-900ULR plane was used to make this nonstop journey.

Mr Thomas says it's been proven over and over again that people want to fly non-stop, "so these sorts of aeroplanes are set to gain terrific momentum".



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