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​Singapore Airlines Is Launching The Longest Flight In The World

​Singapore Airlines Is Launching The Longest Flight In The World

Long-haul flights can be kind of fun sometimes - in a sort of twisted, love-hate relationship sort of way.

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You do get one of those weird little fleece blankets to cosy up with, but you can't help but pine for your duvet. Someone also keeps coming along with free snacks and meals every few hours, but then you remember that you actually spent a small fortune on the ticket so it's not such a good deal after all.

But if you think about it, it's a great opportunity to nap and watch a whole bunch of films and TV shows - both of which are two of most people's FAVOURITE things to do.

Well, now you'll be able to do precisely that for 19 hours, as Singapore Airlines re-introduces its Singapore-New York service, which is set o be the world's longest commercial flight.

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Launching in October 2018, the Mirror reports that the direct route between Singapore airport and Newark will cover a distance of approximately 16,700km.

That makes the estimated flight time a grand total of 18 hours and 45 minutes, so you'll want to don your comfiest pants.

The new service coincides with the launch of Singapore Airlines' new Airbus a350-900ULR (that ULR stands for 'Ultra Long Range') in September, which promises higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and special lighting that's been designed to reduce jetlag.

The cabin will also offer 'improved air quality due to a more optimised cabin altitude and humidity levels'.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Singapore Airlines CEO Mr Goh ChoonPhong said: "Singapore Airlines has always taken pride in pushing the boundaries to provide the best possible travel convenience for our customers, and we are pleased to be leading the way with these new non-stop flights using the latest-technology, ultra-long-range Airbus A350-900ULR.

"The flights will offer our customers the fastest way to travel between the two cities - in great comfort, together with Singapore Airlines' legendary service - and will help boost connectivity to and through the Singapore hub."

The route - which was previously offered by the airline until 2013 - will be served three times a week, but is thought to become a daily service once an additional Airbus A350-900ULR is delivered to the airline.

It's not the first super long haul service we've been able to get on board with. Earlier this year, Qantas launched a new direct route from the UK to Australia, travelling from London to Perth over the course of a 17-hour flight.

Following its maiden voyage, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: "This is a truly historic flight that opens up a new era of travel. For the first time, Australia and Europe have a direct air link.

"The route between Australia and London was originally dubbed the 'kangaroo route' for the seven stops it made over four days in 1947.

"Now we can do it in a single leap."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: America, World News, Singapore, News, New York, travel

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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