The world’s longest commercial flight will be launched in October, Singapore Airlines has announced.
Passengers will fly non-stop between New York and Singapore, covering a distance of around 9,500 miles.
New Airbus A35-900ULR (ultra long range) aircraft will be used for the flights lasting up to 18 hours and 45 minutes.
They will be configured with 94 premium economy seats and 67 business class seats.
The existing longest passenger flight is operated by Qatar Airways between Doha and Auckland, at 9,025 miles.
The worldâs longest flight on the worldâs most awarded airline is back. Fly non-stop from Singapore to New York. pic.twitter.com/8S13aYq8tv— Singapore Airlines (@SingaporeAir) May 30, 2018
Singapore Airlines served the Singapore-New York route until 2013, when it suspended flights due to high fuel costs.
The A35-900ULR offers better fuel efficiency and is designed to offer a more comfortable travelling environment with higher ceilings, larger windows, a wider body and lighting which reduces jetlag.
The UK’s longest non-stop route is the 9,009-mile Qantas service between London and Perth, which launched in March.