Singapore Airlines announces world's longest flight route

Singapore Airlines A350
The airline will use the Airbus A350. Photo credit: Singapore Airlines.

Singapore Airlines has announced a new non-stop service between Singapore and New York - a flight that will become the world's longest.

The aircraft will travel a distance of approximately 16,700km, and will take about 18 hours and 45 minutes.

The arrival of the new Airbus A350-900 ultra-long-haul aircraft has made the flight possible.

The first flight will take off from Singapore's Changi Airport on October 11, and arrive at Newark Liberty Airport nearly 19 hours later.

The A350 will have a two-class configuration, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats.

The flight will travel across the Arctic.
The flight will travel across the Arctic. Photo credit: Great Circle Mapper.

Singapore Airlines' CEO Goh Choon Phong said it was another example of the airline being first.

"Singapore Airlines has always taken pride in pushing the boundaries to provide the best possible travel convenience for our customers, and we are pleased to be leading the way with these new non-stop flights using the latest-technology, ultra-long-range Airbus A350-900ULR."

Singapore Airlines currently has 21 A350-900s in its fleet, and has 46 more on order with manufacturer Airbus. 

The airline also plans a non-stop Singapore to Los Angeles flight, with details likely to be released later this year.