Launched in October, Singapore Airlines’ Singapore to New York route, at around 15,000km and with a flight time of up to 19 hours, is the world’s longest direct commercial flight and is one of three direct routes to the USA the iconic carrier currently operates from its fabulous Changi Airport hub.
Singapore Airlines currently operates three direct services from Singapore to Newark, Los Angeles and San Francisco with a fourth direct service to USA to be introduced later this year, direct to Seattle. The benefits of direct long-haul flights are easily quantified not only in environmental and cost terms, but in that most precious of 21st century commodities, time. With several hours being shaved off the traditional route and boasting superb levels of comfort, space and service, the attraction to both business and luxury leisure travellers is crystal clear and ushers in a new chapter in the world of luxury travel.
Singapore Airlines uses the Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) one of the most environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient passenger aircraft in production today on its direct US route, which features the airline’s award-winning Business Class cabin with superb levels of space and seating arranged in a forward facing 1-2-1 configuration, meaning every Business Class customer has direct aisle access for maximum comfort and convenience.
Embodying the very essence of luxury travel, the ergonomically designed and spacious Business Class cabin includes touch control 70-cm wide leather seats that transform into a comfortable almost 2-meter long bed. With curved backs and effective dividers the seats are significantly larger than standard to help natural and restful sleeping aided by a choice of pillows, amenities and comfort aids like the padded seat topper.
The excellent in-flight entertainment is viewed via a large 18-inch touch screen complemented by active noise-cancelling headphones that allow customers to either immerse themselves in the Canyon Ranch wellness videos or enjoy a huge selection of movies, TV programmes and music on demand. For those using their own devices the seat also comes with charging points and on-board WiFi.
Designed to suit all tastes and backed by an excellent selection of beverages, including premium spirits and champagnes, Singapore Airlines World Gourmet Cuisine offers an exquisite combination of international and local delicacies including signature dishes from the airline’s acclaimed International Culinary Panel and specialist menus.
To complement the World Gourmet Cuisine, and in collaboration with Canyon Ranch, the team has also developed a range of additional healthy dishes, where the food is not just delicious and beautifully presented but carefully balanced and nutritious.
Canyon Ranch is one of the USA’s leading experts in wellness and has also played a significant role in designing specific light settings to provide improved cabin ambience and sleep strategies designed to help customers arrive fresh and rested.
The Singapore Airlines ultra-long-range experience embodies the airline’s exemplary levels of customer service, a feature evident from the moment you step on board and are graciously welcomed by the delightful cabin crew until the moment you disembark.