Singapore Airlines launches world's longest flight to NY

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The world's largest flight from Singapore to NY can take up to 18 hours and 45 minutes under the normal weather conditions.

The move to ditch economy will further cement Singapore Airlines as a premium service provider, as they continue to move away from their budget-friendly past image.

About six months after Qantas Airways started a direct service from Perth, Australia, to London, Singapore Airlines is bringing back its 16,700-kilometre jump to NY on October 11. "A business class ticket will entitle passengers to two meals, and the choice of when they are served, plus refreshments in between".

Such non-stop flights are planned three times a week.

Qantas meanwhile is in advanced discussions with Airbus and Boeing over an aircraft capable of making a 20-hour flight between London and Sydney.

Air fares between India and Singapore on flights operated by Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Silk Air have gone up by between 1 to 2 per cent from this month. "The combination of the A350's quiet, spacious cabin and SIA's world-renowned in-flight product will ensure the highest levels of passenger comfort on the world's very longest routes".

It has since flown to New York's JFK Airport via Frankfurt and to Los Angeles via Tokyo and Seoul.

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Commenting on the upscale order Qatar Airways Group chief executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker noted the improved customer experience provided by the plane when he said: "Qatar Airways is delighted to have upgraded five of its previously ordered A350-900 to the more recently launched A350-1000".

The company is the first airline in the world to operate the A350-900ULR plane.

The plane has a higher ceiling, bigger windows and a wider body, with less noise in the cabin and LED lighting that is created to reduce jet lag.

The Airbus A350-900s have 253 seats.

The planes have been created to replace Boeing's older 777 series and use between 20% and 30% less fuel than the 777s did - which is a good thing amid rising oil prices.

Also near the top of the world's mega-flights, is the Philippine Airlines Manila to London service, which takes more than 15 hours.

Campbell Wilson, its senior vice president of sales and marketing, said the Airbus A350-900ULR, which was delivered two weeks ago, consumes 25 percent less fuel than an older generation aircraft of the same size. There are no first-class suites or economy class seats on board. So from an airline perspective, these routes are money-making.

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