Singapore Airlines Ltd. took delivery of the Airbus SE A350-900 ultra long range aircraft to start a non-stop service to NY, a journey of about 19 hours that will become the world's longest.
"This is a proud moment for both Singapore Airlines and Airbus, not only because we have again strengthened our partnership, but also because we have pushed the limits with this highly advanced new aircraft to extend long-range flying to new lengths", said Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.
The ultra-long-range plane will start flying non-stop between Singapore and New York's Newark Liberty International Airport from Oct 11.
The Singapore to NY flight is set to break the record for world's longest flight. "It will help us boost our network competitiveness and further grow the Singapore hub", he said.
The delivery also marked a leap forward for Airbus, the plane's manufacturer.
According to a press release published by the airline, journeys between Singapore and NY will begin on 11 October, covering a distance of around 9,000 nautical miles (16,700 km) in roughly 18 hours and 45 minutes.
"Today's delivery is a milestone for Airbus and Singapore Airlines, as together we open a new chapter in non-stop air travel", Airbus CEO Tom Enders said. With its unrivaled range and step-change in fuel efficiency, the A350 is uniquely placed to meet the demand for new ultra-long haul services.
"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". SIA previously offered the world's longest non-stop flight with its Singapore-Newark route from 2004 to 2013.
The airline will run three flights in the first week, increasing to daily from October 18, Bloomberg reported. The remaining five will fly non-stop between Singapore and Los Angeles from Nov 2 and increase the frequency of an existing Singapore-San Francisco route.
"The A350-900ULR will bring more convenience and comfort to our customers".
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