Singapore Airlines is launching back the world’s largest direct service between Singapore and New York.
However, it will operate three weekly flights. And it is operating all flights onboard the airline’s Airbus A350-900 long-range aircraft.
The direct flight will take off from Singapore Changi Airport on November 9, 2020. However, it will be covering the 9,524-miles-long distance to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
The flight time takes approximately 18 hours and 5 minutes on the way out. Whereas the return journey will take around 18 hours and 40 minutes.
There will be First Class, Business, and Economy cabins on offer for passengers.
Singapore Airlines was already operating the world’s longest passenger flight earlier this year. However, it was operating flights between Singapore and New York, but at the time it was flying to Newark airport.
Operations at Halt
However, the route was at a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic and caused worldwide travel restrictions. This crisis was forcing airlines around the world to reduce their schedules and in some cases ground planes.
The move to JFK airport actually makes the distance covered even longer.
The airline said the decision to switch was to “better accommodate a mix of the passenger. And cargo traffic on its services to New York in the current operating climate”.
However, Singapore Airlines has been operating some flights during the coronavirus pandemic, including a non-stop route between Singapore and Los Angeles.
It’s worth noting that while Singapore Airlines’ new route is the world’s longest passenger scheduled flight route. It’s Australian airline Qantas which holds the record for the world’s longest non-stop flight.
Last year, it operated a direct flight between London Heathrow and Sydney which landed after 19 hours and 19 minutes – a flight so long, passengers were treated to two sunrises during the journey.
The Pandemic Effect
As domestic operations are at a halt. The Southeast Asian city-state’s national carrier has been financially struggling as there is no international travel as well. However, this is causing the airline to reduce its workforce. It had recently laid off around a fifth of its staff.
The coronavirus pandemic has doomed the future of the aviation industry. Many airlines have filed for bankruptcy or sought bailouts to survive the near-shutdown in their activity. However, it is predicted that it will take years for airlines to recover from the losses.
But the travel industry has been severely affected during this time of the Coronavirus outbreak. Tourism companies are also suffering from the past few months, with most countries imposing strict international travel restrictions.
Moreover, many travelers were canceling or rescheduling their flights and holiday bookings. Many airlines were laying off staff.