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Despite rising oil prices, airline reintroduces world's longest commercial flight

Понад 18 годин в літаку у жовтні почне курсувати найдовший у світі авіарейс без пересадок – новини Despite rising oil prices, airline reintroduces world's longest commercial flight
Conrad Doyle | 13 October, 2018, 12:00

Along with the well-skilled two pilots, a special "wellness" menu and more than seven weeks' worth of film and television entertainment was installed inside the airplane for the travelers on the 16,700-kilometre (10,400-mile) journey to the Big Apple.

The flight will remain in the air for 19 hours from Singapore to NY. Instead, it has 94 more-spacious premium economy and 67 business class seats, which can fold out into a bed.

In November 2013, Singapore Airlines had terminated its Singapore-Newark non-stop flights after about five years of operation as the A340-500, four-engine fuel guzzler aircraft with only 100 business class seats on board made it uneconomical. The Airbus A350-900 ULR will carry out the longest commercial flight without stopping, having two commanders and two co-drivers alternating in the cockpit.

Two first officers and 13-strong cabin contingent will be available for the flight crew. It says the plane can fly 18,000 kilometers, or for over 20 hours.

But that mantle will pass to Singapore Airlines when it this week launches its A350-900ULR flight of 15,341km (9532m) between Singapore and NY.

The flight had been scheduled to take 18 hours and 25 minutes.

Airbus said the A350-900URL plane's cabin has higher-than-normal ceilings, larger windows and lighting created to reduce jet lag - all part of an effort to lessen the stresses that can accompany nearly a day on a plane. The Singapore to NY leg, which takes off on Oct 11, is expected to take 17 hours and 50 minutes, and the return trip is 18 hours and 30 minutes.

"Research has shown that hydration and food intake are important factors (to consider), such as avoiding foods that cause gas or bloating as well as excessive alcohol", Rhenu Bhuller, a healthcare expert at consultancy Frost & Sullivan, said.

"With its unrivalled range and step-change in fuel efficiency, the A350 is uniquely placed to meet demand for new ultra long haul services. In addition, for 11 days this month only Singapore Airlines will be operating to Kolkata which will allow us to offer more seats to Singapore", Lim said.

But the carrier is hoping that the introduction of more fuel-efficient planes will set cash registers ringing even as crude prices soar above $80.

This was abandoned in 2013 due to high oil prices.

SIA is offering new services to New York (Newark), San Francisco and Los Angeles and, in all, it will be operating 27 non-stop services each week from Singapore to the United States by the end of this year.

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