Inside the new world’s longest flight: What it’s like to fly on Singapore Airlines’ new route between Singapore and New York

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Singapore Airlines just launched its newest route on Monday between Singapore and New York City, offering the only non-stop flights directly between the two cities.

With a great circle distance of 8,287 nautical miles, the route is the longest in the world by mileage. It overtakes the recently relaunched Singapore Airlines’ non-stop route to nearby Newark, New Jersey by a mere two nautical miles, although the airline doesn’t see it that way

Flight times for the route are scheduled at a whopping 18 hours and five minutes on the New York-bound leg, flight SQ24, and 18 hours and 40 minutes for the flight back to Singapore, flight SQ23. For this route, the airline chose the Airbus A350-900 XWB with three cabins including business, premium economy, and economy classes.

So yes, it’s possible to fly nearly 19 hours in economy and in a middle seat, though most flying in the cabin will likely have entire rows to themselves. 

The route comes at a peculiar time for international travel as Americans can’t enter Singapore for tourism or business so carrying cargo will help the airline pay the bills for this flight. As soon as the world opens up again, however, the flights should be filled with eager passengers looking to explore the world again. 

We toured the aircraft before its inaugural flight back to Singapore. Here’s what it’s like aboard a Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900 XWB flying on the world’s longest flight.