SIA will relaunch the world's longest nonstop flight at nearly 19 hours

Singapore Airlines will relaunch the world's longest commercial flight in October, a journey of nearly 19 hours from New Jersey.

The daily non-stop journey from Changi to Newark Airport will cover about 10,300 miles and take about 18 hours 45 minutes.

Due to rising fuel prices, the airline had to cut the route in 2013. But starting on October 12, the company will relaunch the flight in response to high customer demand for the journey. 


SIA will relaunch the world's longest nonstop flight at nearly 19 hours

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Singapore Airlines (file image) will relaunch the world's longest commercial flight in October, a journey of nearly 19 hours from New Jersey

Lee SekEng, the regional vice president for the Americas at Singapore Airlines, told Yahoo Finance that the company has gotten 'a lot of feedback from our customers that they really like the flight because it saves them a lot of time when they’re traveling from the US to Singapore'.

'We have been looking for a solution all this while, and when Airbus came up with the A350,' Lee said. 

SekEng said the airline is 'very excited that we’re able to bring back these non-stop flights. It has been 5 years in the making'.

The current record holder is Qatar Airways Flight 921 from Auckland to Doha, which takes 17 hours 40 minutes.

The Singapore Airlines flight will use the long-range Airbus A350-900ULR, which will be configured to carry 161 passengers - 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy.

The airline, which was recently ranked as the top airline in the world, had flown a similar route from 2004 until 2013 but cancelled it as it fell short of revenue expectations. 



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Due to rising fuel prices, the airline had to cut the route in 2013. But starting on October 12, the company will relaunch the flight in response to high customer demand for the journey. Pictured is the Newark Liberty International Airport

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Changi Airport, in Singapore (pictured), is one of the busiest - and best - airports in Southeast Asia

However, its latest decision comes as carriers look for new sources of revenue in a competitive environment, while long-haul flights often make more cash than those that require stops.

There are also plans for a non-stop route from Singapore to Los Angeles using the same plane, the airline said.

The new route comes as the city-state's flag carrier faces tough challenges.

Last year, it consolidated its low-cost units TigerAir and Scoot into a single entity in a streamlining exercise.

And this month it said it will absorb its struggling premium regional wing, SilkAir, into the broader group following a multi-million-dollar upgrade as part of reforms to stay competitive.

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