Singapore Air takes delivery of jet for world’s longest flight


SINGAPORE • Singapore Airlines Ltd took delivery of the Airbus SE A350-900 ultra long range aircraft to start a non-stop service to New York, a journey of about 19 hours that will become the world’s longest.

The first commercial flight between Singapore and Newark Liberty International Airport will be on Oct 11, Singapore Air said in a statement on Saturday. This is the first of the seven A350-900ULRs the carrier has on firm order with Airbus.

Reviving the route that the Singapore flag carrier scrapped more than four years ago will help the airline fill a gap in its US network that has benefitted rivals including Qantas Airways Ltd and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.

Singapore Air’s new service — which will overtake Qatar Airways’ Doha-Auckland route as the world’s longest — will initially offer three flights in the first week, increasing to daily from Oct 18.

Singapore Air will use the aircraft for non-stop services to Los Angeles in November.