Singapore Airlines regains world’s longest airline route crown

posted on 12th October 2018 by Justin Burns

Singapore Airlines has taken back the crown for the world’s longest commercial airline flight when it relaunched a route yesterday from Changi Airport to New York’s Newark Liberty International Airport.

The 15,329 kilometre, 19-hour Flight SQ22 departed at 15:37GMT from Singapore and has been added back to the carrier’s network after it was grounded in 2013.

Rather than the fuel-guzzling four-engine Airbus A340 it flew five years ago, it now flies the more efficient twin-engine Airbus A350-900 ULR.

The aircraft configuration includes no standard economy class due to concerns over passenger space on a long flight and it carried 161 passengers – 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy with extra leg room.

The route is longer than Qatar Airways’ Doha-Auckland 14,526km 17 hours and 40 minute service, and Qantas Airways’ 14,499km 17 hours and 20 minute London-Perth connection.

Qantas though may soon be gaining the gong for the world’s longest flight as it is set to start a 17,000km Sydney-London route which is set to take 20 hours.