The Jakarta Post
Singapore Airlines said on May 30 that it will launch the world's longest commercial flight in October, a journey of almost 19 hours from Singapore to New York. It will not be available to economy travelers. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)
Singapore Airlines announced last month that it will reopen its Singapore-Newark route in October.
The journey from Singapore to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, the United States, will reportedly take around 19 hours, making it the world’s longest commercial flight.
For the route, the airline will use the Airbus 350-900ULR, which can hold 161 passengers – 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy.
The decision to have no economy class was made to meet market demand, Singapore Airlines spokesperson told AFP as quoted by kompas.com.
"The two-class configuration [...] was a business consideration to meet market demand. This configuration will also provide our customers with greater comfort on non-stop flights," said the airline’s spokesperson.
However, analysts say the decision is an attempt to promote the airline to wealthy customers.
"It's about Singapore Airlines marketing themselves as a premium service provider," Brendan Sobie, chief analyst at the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, told AFP. (jes/kes)