Singapore Airlines to continue extra long haul flights

Singapore Airlines A350-900ULR (9V-SME) Photo by Rob Finlayson

Singapore Airlines used to fly on route Singapore-Changi (SIN) – Newark-Liberty (EWR).

Using Airbus A340-500 it took 18 hours and 16,600 kilometres to cross the North Pole on this extraordinary route. The service stopped in 2012 as demand was no longer high enough.

So after four years Singapore Airlines will restart similar flights commencing a non-stop flight to San Francisco (SFO). The first SQ32 flight was launched on October 23 using A350-900ULR (9V-SMF). This is the longest flight within the Star Alliance group. After selling back their A340-500’s Singapore Airlines renew its fleet with A380’s and became a launch customer of the Airbus A350 XWB aka A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range). This opened door for new services and returning once famous route to New York. The service is about to start in 2018 but until then Singapore Airlines will fly non-stop to San Francisco (SFO).

Air india B777-200LR Photo by Nicholas Tolley

The week before Air India started flying to San Francisco (SFO) too crossing the Pacific. The flight that took 15,000 kilometres and 14 hours using Boeing 777-200LR aircraft (VT-ALF). Until March 2016 the longest route was operated by Emirates servicing Dubai (DXB) – Auckland (AKL) route flying 14,200 kilometres in 16 hours.