How would you feel about spending almost 19 hours straight on a flight?
A group of 161 passengers have just done exactly that, as Singapore Airlines Flight SQ22 touches down at Newark Liberty International in New Jersey, having taken off from Changi Airport in Singapore the previous day.
The 9,537-mile route is the new longest flight in the world, beating previous record-holder Doha – Auckland (Qatar Airways, 9,032 miles), and knocking London – Perth (Qantas, 9,010 miles) into third place.
The route is served by the new Airbus A350-900, specially configured to include no economy seats at all, instead only carrying 161 passengers travelling in business and premium economy classes to ensure their comfort.
From October 18, it will become a daily flight.
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This isn’t the first time the route has been offered – Singapore Airlines flew it between 2004 and 2013, cancelling it citing fuel costs. Apparently demand for the route and efficiency of the new plane now makes it viable again.