Singapore Airlines hikes India fares by up to 2%

World's Longest Flight Makes a Comeback Without Cattle Class

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 direct flight has taken off from Singapore and is expected to reach NY in the next 19 hours. Its long-range Airbus A350-900 aircraft will take 19 hours to fly the Singapore-New York route and carry 161 passengers, non in "cattle" class.

Singapore Airlines has previously flown the route using the uneconomical, four-engine A340-500. This latest endorsement for the largest member of Airbus' successful A350 XWB family reflects the five-star-airline's need for growth and capacity at best comfort and efficiency levels available, a statement from the career said.

According to the airline, the flight crew included two first officers and a 13-strong cabin contingent. I have many questions, the least of which is - why anyone would want to go to Newark badly enough to sit on a plane for 19 hours...? "We are mainly anxious about cases of deep vein thrombosis" that can be caused by long-standing passengers and dehydration, said Gheel Kro, a consultant at Singapore's National University Hospital.

A flight which took off from Singapore landed in NY on Friday, exactly 17 hours and 25 minutes after lift off.

The cabins in the plane have higher than the normal ceilings, larger windows than the normal and lighting created to reduce jet lag.

'My cousin said 'hey, this is in the press.' I'm going to take pictures and show her, ' she said. "In addition, for 11 days this month only Singapore Airlines will be operating to Kolkata which will allow us to offer more seats to Singapore", Lim said.

It topped the previous longest direct air link between cities - Qatar Airways Flight 921 from Auckland to Doha, which takes 17 hours 40 minutes.

"They are hoping to capitalise and exploit a very niche market", he said.

Singapore Airlines is the first carrier in the world to operate the A350-900ULR. Six more are due for delivery by the end of the year.

The airline's revenue contribution from the Americas region is now at 14 percent, down from 20 percent in 2013 due to the loss of the non-stop flights, Corrine Png, CEO of transport research firm Crucial Perspective, said. Singapore Air says data speed could be 4-8 Mbps, depending on active users, satellite coverage and weather conditions. With SIA's new non-stop services, there will be 72 weekly passenger services between Changi and the U.S., noted Changi Airport Group spokesman Ivan Tan.

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