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A brief history lesson: In 2004, Singapore Airlines announced SQ21/22, a direct flight on their A340-500 between Newark and Singapore, and vice versa. The interesting thing was SQ21 took longer to fly even though the SQ22 flight, SIN-EWR, was the longest flight in the world by distance. If you flew it roundtrip you could claim to have flown the two world record holders for “world’s longest flight.” Pretty cool, and like flying the Concorde, something you could no longer aspire to check off your bucket list after its last flight in 2013. Fuel cost ultimately deterred Singapore Airlines from continuing to operate the route, but that was alllll changed.
Meet the A350-900ULR – an all Premium Plane
Last year it was announced that Singapore Airlines ordered 7 ultra long range A350-900ULR aircraft. These new bad boys will be efficient enough to make the 19 hour route attractive to fly once again. We knew this flight was in the works, but they have now narrowed the timeline…and it’ll be operating come late 2018. They also announced that they will utilize the aircraft to fly from LA to Singapore in early 2019. How will they configure it? So glad you asked 🙂 The A350-900ULR will feature just 162 seats. 68 biz and 94 premium economy making it a fully “premium” plane.
This just tickles me silly. Singapore is one of my most favorite cities in the world, and knowing they’ll be direct flights from LA is pretty amazing, but what’s even cooler, is knowing I’ll have the option of flying the absolute world’s longest flight once again.
Interested in using points to fly there?
The flights haven’t been loaded, and I’m sure saver seats will be hard to come by, but at some point they’ll peel them off. The cost? 92k Singapore Krisflyer.