Singapore Airlines To Begin Flying World’s Longest Commercial Air Route
The planned nonstop route from Singapore to Newark will debut in October.
Singapore Airlines will begin flying the world’s longest nonstop commercial flight, from Singapore to Newark, in October, according to Reuters. The 19-hour flight will cover 8,277 nautical miles, surpassing by more than 400 miles the current record holder, Qatar Airways’ 7,843-nautical mile route from Doha to Auckland.
An Airbus A350-900ULR wide body jet will fly the 8,000-plus nautical mile route and will carry up to 161 commercial passengers. Singapore Airlines is the first customer of Airbus’ new jet, which Reuters calls “an ultra-long version of the fuel-efficient twin-engine A350 jet.”
The Singapore Airlines record may not stand for long, however. Qantas wants to begin flying a nonstop route from Sydney to London by 2022, which would be a near full-day, 9,200-nautical mile flight.
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