Singapore Airlines are bringing back the the world’s longest scheduled passenger service—a flight from Singapore to New York. This time, Singapore Airlines will fly into JFK, rather than Newark—where they’ve usually flown to.
The flights were previously suspended on 25 March of this year due to the coronavirus. Now, the airline will offer a thrice-weekly non-stop service between Singapore’s Changi Airport and New York’s JFK starting 9 November.
As there are still travel restrictions due to COVID-19, Singapore Airlines is not expecting a high demand in passengers. It is, however, expecting a significant cargo market.
The estimated flight time from Singapore to JFK is 18 hours and 5 minutes. As for the return flight, flying from JFK to Singapore would take about 18 hours and 40 minutes.
The flights will be operated by one of Singapore’s A350-900 long-range aircraft—which has 42 seats in business class, 25 in premium economy, and 187 in the main cabin. With more space being given to cargo, we don’t know yet what the loading situation will look like.
The type of cargo they are expecting to haul include cargo from pharmaceuticals, technology, and e-commerce business. According to commercial executive Vice President at Singapore Airlines Lee Lik Hsin, relaunch was “an important step in rebuilding the carrier’s global network”.
This is the airline’s second route to the U.S. since the COVID-19 crisis, as they also fly Los Angeles. Singapore currently has no domestic flights, since it’s a pretty small country.
The airline has also introduced tickets to dine in a parked plane—which were sold out in just 30 minutes. They also offer experiences like letting customers order First Class or Business Class meals to their homes, and guided tours at their training centre.
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