World’s longest air route confirmed for October

Singapore Airlines to fly SIN/EWR nonstop using ULRs from 11 Oct

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Singapore Airlines will launch the world’s longest commercial flights in October, with nonstop services between Singapore and New York using the new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range).

Flights are to be launched on 11 October 2018 to Newark Liberty International Airport.

The route will initially be served three times a week, departing Singapore on MondayThursday and Saturday. Daily operations will commence from 18 October after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service; see schedule below for flight timings.

SIA is the world’s first customer for the new A350-900ULR, with seven on firm order with Airbus.

© Singapore Airlines Business Class

The aircraft will be configured in a two-class layout, featuring 67 Business class seats and 94 Premium Economy seats. Tickets will be made available for sale progressively across various booking channels from today.

Flights will cover a distance of approximately 9,000 nautical miles (16,700 kilometres) and travelling time will be up to 18 hours 45 minutes.

Singapore Airlines served the Singapore-Newark route until 2013, when services were suspended after the four-engine Airbus A340-500s were returned to Airbus.

“Singapore Airlines has always taken pride in pushing the boundaries to provide the best possible travel convenience for our customers, and we are pleased to be leading the way with these new nonstop flights using the latest-technology, ultra-long-range Airbus A350-900ULR,” said Singapore Airlines’ CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.

“The flights will offer our customers the fastest way to travel between the two cities – in great comfort, together with Singapore Airlines’ legendary service – and will help boost connectivity to and through the Singapore hub.” Singapore Airlines CEO, Goh Choon Phong

The A350-900ULR will offer customers a more comfortable travelling experience with features such as higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra-wide body and lighting designed to reducejet lagg. Its carbon composite airframe also allows for improved air quality due to a more optimised cabin altitude and humidity levels.

© Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Class

Singapore Airlines’ Regional Vice President, South West Pacific, Mr Phillip Goh, said the return of the Singapore-New York nonstop service was great news for Western Australia.

“From October, our Western Australian customers will be able to access one of the fastest one-stop options from the West Coast of Australia to the East Coast of America,” Goh said.

“The nonstop Singapore-Newark flights will deliver convenience, comfort and a premium service for passengers travelling from Perth to New York via Singapore.”

Airline spokesperson Karl Schubert told LATTE that SQ’s flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane will also connect to the 2335 departure from SIN during the northern summer and will continue to connect to the 0040 departure in the northern winter.

Singapore Airlines currently has 21 A350-900s in its fleet, with 46 more on order including seven of the ULR variant. The first A350-900ULR is due for delivery in September, with all seven due for delivery by the end of the year.

Nonstop Singapore-Los Angeles flights are also planned with the A350-900ULR, details of which will be announced at a later date.

Flight Schedule

Northern summer (to 27 October 2018)
Flight Number Days of Operation Time of Departure Time of Arrival


Daily 2335 0600 (+1)


Daily 1045 1730 (+1)
Northern Winter (28 October 2018 to 30 March 2019)


Daily 0040 0530


Daily 0945 1715 (+1)

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