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A 7pm flight will depart daily
Singapore Airlines has announced that the world’s two longest flights will enter service in the spring. Newark and JFK will receive the new routes on March 26.
The gargantuan flights will cover 9,534 and 9,537 miles of mileage, with the JFK route just flanking the Newark route as the longest. The whole trip will take almost 19 hours. It’s not for the faint of heart, but Singapore Airlines’ confidence in the route is demonstrated by the number of scheduled flights.
Singapore will also continue to operate its alternate one-stop route to JFK. Their daily route via Frankfurt will continue, which means that there are three flights between the two important business centers every day.
Flights will be operated by Airbus A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft. The impressive aircraft contains 161 seats, including 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy class seats. Business-class pods should help beat the exorbitant flight time, and Singapore Airlines is well known for its onboard service.
The cost of a premium economy seat is set at around $1,100 per person, while business class seats cost around $4,000. The route via Frankfurt costs about half that price, with prices slightly over $500, but will obviously take a few hours longer. Although, at around 21 hours and 55 minutes, the extra three hours might be a tough sell for those with more of a budget.
With Hong Kong currently closed to the United States, Singapore appears to be doubling down on the New York market, positioning itself even more as a hub for the region.
Business travelers will find the new routes a welcome addition, especially as Singapore operates its vaccinated traffic lanes. The direct link will make necessary business trips much easier in the future, and the sheer volume makes sudden moves much less daunting.
However, its value for the regular traveler may come from the attraction of simple connections. Singapore is located in the middle of Southeast Asia and is one of the most connected airports in the world, as well as the best. Many other destinations in the region could become even more attractive while avoiding long layovers in the Middle East or China.
Currently, Singapore has actually frozen banknotes from the United States, due to the ongoing Omicron crisis. The city-state obviously does not anticipate that the ban will last long. When it lifts its restrictions again, it will relaunch its taxiway program.
Its vaccinated pathways program has selected certain countries and authorized up to 3,000 vaccinated travelers per day from these countries. Vaccinated travelers had to apply for a vaccinated pass and prove that they had not left one of the 11 approved countries less than 14 days before arriving in Singapore. If they had been somewhere else during this time, they would not have been able to enter.
The passengers also reportedly took two PCR tests. One of the tests would be conducted no later than 48 hours before departure and the other would be administered upon arrival at Changi Airport. Travelers would remain in isolation until the negative result arrived. The test would be a rapid PCR, meaning there would not be a long wait for those entering the country.
Asia as a whole has been by far the most restricted part of the world throughout the pandemic, but Singapore’s acknowledgment of such flights in the near future continues to be a good sign of potential openings again. Even if it doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment.
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