NEW DELHI: The Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch the world's longest commercial
passenger flight from Singapore to New York. The 19-hour non-stop flight will
materialise in 2018 with SIA selecting Airbus' newly launched ultra-long range (ULR)
version of the A350-900.
Singapore Airlines has signed an agreement with the Airbus for its new ultra-long-
range variant of the A350 aircraft and they will be its launch customer, enabling the
resumption of non-stop flights between Singapore and the United States.
“Our customers have been asking us to re-start non-stop Singapore-US flights and we
are pleased that Airbus was able to offer the right aircraft to do so in a commercially
viable manner,” Singapore Airlines CEO, Goh Choon Phong. The re-launch of the
world’s longest non-stop flights will be take place with deliveries scheduled to take
place in 2018. The airlines will also fly to Los Angeles.
He said the airlines has 63 A350-900s on firm order and the new agreement with
Airbus will see seven of these upgraded to orders for the A350-900ULR, which will
have a range of up to 8,700nm. With additional purchase options, the total number of
A350s on firm order will go up to 67.
Phong said non-stop flights between Singapore and additional points in the US are
also under consideration.
The airlines ended its operations of non-stop flights between Singapore and Los
Angeles and New York in 2013 as the A340-500s used for the services were retired.
Airbus said, "Optimised for non-stop flights to the US, the aircraft, designated A350-
900ULR (Ultra-Long Range), will include a modified fuel system to increase the fuel
carrying capacity, an increase in Maximum Take-Off Weight, plus aerodynamic
improvements, enabling service to the US West Coast, as well as to New York.
Representing a distance of some 8,700 nautical miles, the New York service will be
the world’s longest commercial passenger route, with an expected flight time of up to