One of the world’s longest commercial flights to restart: Singapore Airlines set to reinstate non-stop services between New York and Singapore in November
- The airline will operate the Airbus A350-900 long-range aircraft on the route
- It has 42 business class, 24 premium economy and 187 economy class seats
- Carrier said it ‘represents an important step in rebuilding our global network’
Singapore Airlines is set to restart one of the world’s longest non-stop commercial flights – an 18 hour and 40-minute journey from New York to Singapore that covers 9,533 miles.
The route, from JFK to Changi Airport, will be operated by an Airbus A350-900 long-range aircraft from November 11, with the Changi to JFK leg restarting on November 9. The plane is configured with 42 business class, 24 premium economy class and 187 economy class seats.
The carrier says that operating flights between Singapore and New York’s JFK is key to reconnecting its global network.
Singapore Airlines is restarting one of the world’s longest non-stop commercial flights between New York and Singapore. The airline will operate the Airbus A350-900 long-range aircraft on the route
Lee Lik Hsin, executive vice president commercial for Singapore Airlines, said: ‘Operating these flights between Singapore and New York’s JFK International Airport represents an important step in the rebuilding of our global network. Non-stop ultra-long services are the bedrock of our services to the key U.S market. We will continue to ramp up existing services and reinstate other points as the demand for both passenger and cargo services returns.
‘Despite the challenging times for the airline industry, there are some early signs of optimism about a recovery in air travel. Our customers say that they are increasingly confident about air travel, given the robust health and safety measures that are in place, as well as testing regimes to protect them and our staff.
‘This optimism is also driven by recent moves by countries such as Singapore, which are easing the restrictions on both transit and inbound passengers in a safe and gradual manner.
‘The fundamental importance of air travel remains unchanged despite the pandemic. Air travel can bridge long distances and physically bring together families and friends, support both business and leisure trips, and has a direct impact on economic growth and job creation.
‘That gives us confidence about the medium to long-term prospects for the industry.’
The service from Singapore Changi Airport to JFK (SQ24) will operate three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. It will depart Changi at 2.25am and arrive at JFK at 7.30am local time, taking 18 hours and five minutes.
Singapore Airlines says operating to JFK, pictured, will ‘better accommodate a mix of passenger and cargo traffic in the current operating climate’
Flights in the opposite direction from JFK to Changi (SQ25) will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It will depart JFK at 10.30pm and arrive at its destination at 6.10am local time (+ two days) – 18 hours and 40 minutes later.
Singapore Airlines said operating to JFK, rather than Newark where it previously flew in and out of, will ‘better accommodate a mix of passenger and cargo traffic on its services to New York in the current operating climate’.
It explained that its non-stop services to New York ‘would also be supported by the growing number of transfer passengers who can now transit via Singapore’s Changi Airport’.
The carrier added that it also ‘anticipates significant cargo demand from a range of industries based in the New York metro area, including pharmaceuticals, e-commerce and technology firms’.
Singapore Airlines said its non-stop services to New York ‘would be supported by the growing number of transfer passengers who can now transit via Singapore’s Changi Airport’, pictured
It continued: ‘The new service will provide the only non-stop air cargo link from the U.S Northeast to Singapore, which serves as a regional distribution hub for many major U.S-based companies.
‘Today, Singapore Airlines operates non-stop services to Los Angeles. It will continue to review its operations to the United States, and assess the growing demand for air travel amid the ongoing recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, before deciding to reinstate services to other points in the country.’
News of Singapore Airlines restarting flights between Singapore and New York comes as Emirates announced its well-heeled flyers can now have a shower again at 40,000ft in its A380 first-class cabins.
It said that its shower spa and celebrated onboard A380 lounge bar have resumed operations with additional health and safety measures in place.
The airline added that from November 1, its onboard dining experience will return to its signature service ‘while observing strict hygiene protocols’.