The A350 aircraft includes many standard features that would make such long flights much more bearable. Singapore Airlines also has a history of cabin design focused around passenger comfort for the long-haul. Direct routes from the U.S. to Singapore have been a gap in the market since the airline stopped service between Singapore and Newark in 2013.
Singapore Airlines has announced that it will bring back the world’s longest flights on A350 ultra-long-range aircraft to New York, resuming non-stop flights between Singapore and New York.
This variant of the A350 will have a range of up to 8,700 nautical miles. The airline will receive the A350-900ULR in 2018, re-launching the world’s longest non-stop flights, between Singapore and both Los Angeles and New York, with other U.S. cities under consideration.
“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,” said Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong of the announcement. “This is another example of how we strive to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations by remaining at the forefront of product and service innovation in our industry. It will also further strengthen the Singapore hub by providing the fastest and most convenient air connectivity between North America and Southeast Asia.”
Singapore is the launch customer for the ultra-long-range variant of the Airbus A350 aircraft. It has placed firm orders with Airbus for 63 A350-900s, and seven will be upgraded to A350-900ULRs. The Airline has options to purchase an additional 20 aircraft, four of which will be converted into firm A350-900 orders. This will lift to 67 the total number of A350s on firm order with Airbus, plus 16 options.
The new A350 aircraft will be fitted with all-new cabin products, currently under development.
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Photo credit: Rendering of Singapore Airlines' New A350 Ultra Long Range variant which will fly the world's longest flights between New York and Singapore starting 2018. Airbus / Airbus