Singapore Airlines is ready to claim the title of “world’s longest flight” this October when it resumes non-stop service between Singapore and Newark.
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The Singapore-bound leg will clock in at 18 hours, 45 minutes .The return flight will last 18 hours, 25 minutes.
The new flight marks Singapore’s return to the New York market with a non-stop flight.
Singapore Airlines had flown the Newark to Singapore route until 2014, when it phased out the four-engine Airbus A340s it had been using. The four-engine planes weren’t fuel-efficient enough to allow the airline to profitably fly the route. Since then, the airline has served New York with a flight from JFK Airport that stops in Frankfurt.
But Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong said in an interview with USA TODAY that he had always hoped to restore the non-stop route.
“Since then, we’ve been trying to see what is a viable way to serve New York non-stop because clearly our customers love the flight,” he said. “We pushed Airbus to come up with a solution.”
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