The world's longest non-stop commercial flight has landed in NY, ending a journey from Singapore of more than 15,000km in 17 hours and 52 minutes.
Once the marathon flight is completed, they'll officially eclipse Qatar's current record-holding Auckland to Doha flight of 17-and-a-half hours as the world's longest.
A business class ticket entitles passengers to two meals, and the choice of when they are served, plus refreshments in between.
The four Singapore Airlines pilots (two captains and two first officers) on each ultralong-range A350-900 aren't allowed to fly to NY unless they haven't flown for 48 hours prior to take-off.
It is the longest flight in the world covering a distance of 10,357 miles over almost 19 hours of flying. When they land in NY, pilots have three nights off before flying back to Singapore.
The A350 is these days considered the go-to plane for long-haul flights, nudging out the A380, which was previously the flagship for such long distance journeys, and which carries up to 850 passengers, more than twice the number of the A350.
When Singapore Airlines scrapped the previous Singapore-New York flight in 2013, oil was trading around $100 a barrel. It's now the third longest flight in the world and longest operated by a superjumbo. The lighter passenger load and high fuel expenditure should send ticket prices way up, and this long-haul option is reportedly aimed at businesspeople who will gladly throw their expense account at a flight with the most direct route and then just cross their fingers that nobody pukes. The A340-500 it was using at the time used a lot of fuel and eventually the route became too expensive to run.
The airline says the aircraft offers increased cabin pressure to offer passengers more oxygen on board, less noise and LED lighting to help combat jet lag.
The twin-engine plane uses a modified system that burns 25 per cent less fuel than other aircraft of a similar size, Airbus said. At the back are 94 premium economy seats, with an eight-inch recline and a seat pitch of 38 inches.
"We really are entering a new era of travel".