Recently, airlines are announcing longer and longer flights—each trying to claim the title of world’s longest flight, but typically hovering just below the 18-hour mark. Today, Singapore Airlines has topped them all with the announcement of the world’s newest, non-stop flight. However, it isn’t so new …
The World’s Longest Flight … Again
Beginning in October of 2018, Singapore will launch its new direct route from Newark Liberty International Airport to Singapore Changi Airport, totaling 18 hours and 45 minutes. However, it’s not the first time the airline has run this particular route. Singapore Airlines held the title of operating the world’s longest flight from 2004 until 2013 when the route was discontinued due to rising fuel prices. Now, the airline is back with brand new Airbuses that will only have two classes—business and premium economy. While the premium economy seats look far lusher than the cramped seats many travelers are used to, if you were hoping to cash in your points on one of the airline’s famous luxury suites, you’ll need to fly a different route.
However, Singapore promises these new planes will feature higher ceilings, larger windows, and an extra wide body, as well as lighting designed to reduce jetlag. In terms of frequency, the route will be served three times a week, leaving Newark on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
When you consider time spent boarding and waiting on the tarmac, passengers can buckle in for way more than 18 hours and 45 minutes on a plane. This route might be convenient for business travelers who don’t have time to make the typical two layovers required when traveling from New York to Singapore, but the casual traveler might find comfort in a layover—especially since this direct, non-stop route (with only premium economy and business seats to choose from) will certainly not be cheap.
Readers, what would your game plan be for surviving a 19-hour flight?
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Jamie Ditaranto is a writer and photographer who is always looking for her next adventure. Follow her on Twitter @jamieditaranto.