Got 18 hours and 45 minutes? That’s the length of a new flight between Singapore and Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey. Service on what Singapore Airlines says will become the longest commercial flight in the world begins Oct. 11th. . The flights will be daily beginning October 18th. Contrast that to the shortest regularly scheduled commercial flight, a 1 1/2-minute hop between Westray and Papa Westray, two islands north of the Scottish mainland, by Loganair. The flights will have 161 seats — 67 in lie-flat business class and 94 in premium economy, which uses bigger seats that have more legroom than traditional coach seats but can’t be made into beds. The non-stop flight length is at least about two to three hours shorter than the one-stopper, maybe even four hours they’re saying. The cabin features an LED lighting system that can mimic different times of the day, to combat jet lag before you even reset your watches or phones to a new time zone. No prices yet… but maybe, as they say… if you can’t afford it… don’t ask.
Note: Singapore Airlines will be the first airline to use Airbus’ A350-900 ULR (for ultra-long range) planes, which have extra fuel-capacity, are made of a carbon fibre that is lighter than the aluminum of traditional jets and burn less fuel because they have only two engines, compared with the four on many other long-haul jets.
(Source: Zach Wichter, New York Times; Image: Business Insider)