Have 19 hours? World's longest commercial flight takes off

Have 19 hours? World's longest commercial flight takes off

Have 19 hours? World's longest commercial flight takes off

Along with the well-skilled two pilots, a special "wellness" menu and more than seven weeks' worth of film and television entertainment was installed inside the airplane for the travelers on the 16,700-kilometre (10,400-mile) journey to the Big Apple.

The world's longest commercial flight took off from Singapore's Changi Airport on Thursday, with excited and apprehensive passengers on board settling in for a marathon 19 hours in the air to land at Newark Liberty Airport, which serves New York City.

The airline has already ordered seven new ultra-long range twin-engine Airbus SE AIR.PA A350-900ULRs fitted with just 161 business class and premium economy seats - and no economy class seats - for the US capacity increase.

An Airbus jetliner arrived in Newark on Friday after a almost 18-hour trip from Singapore, completing the world's longest commercial flight.

Two first officers and 13-strong cabin contingent will be available for the flight crew.

"I'm a little anxious, I wonder what I'm going to do for 18 hours and 30 minutes" on the plane, 52-year-old Peggy Ang, a computer company executive, admitted before boarding.

The airline's senior vice-president for sales and marketing, Mr Campbell Wilson, who was also on the inaugural flight, said: "Tonight's event is one that we have been eagerly anticipating since then (2013, when the flight was axed)".

A spokesman for Singapore Airlines announced that SQ22 flew 18.35, carrying 150 passengers and 17 crew.

Qantas launched a 17-hour non-stop service from Perth to London earlier this year, while Qatar runs a 17.5-hour service between Auckland and Doha. It also has a high ceiling and large windows.

'My cousin said 'hey, this is in the press.' I'm going to take pictures and show her, ' she said.

The aircraft can fly for over 20 hours or 18,000km (11,250 miles) non-stop.

The twin-engine plane uses a modified system that burns 25 per cent less fuel than other aircraft of a similar size, Airbus said.

But the carrier is hoping that the introduction of more fuel-efficient planes will set cash registers ringing even as crude prices soar above $80.

Long flights can be a drag when you're cooped up in cattle class, so perhaps it's a blessing in disguise that the soon-to-be record-holder for world's longest flight route has forgone economy cabins altogether.

The long-range Airbus A350-900ULR was installed to carry up to 161 passengers.

"We are optimistic about the demand for non-stop services to the USA", the spokesman said.

This was abandoned in 2013 due to high oil prices.

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