Aircraft. The longest flight in the world starts tonight
From Singapore to New York, operated by Singapore Airlines with A-350/900ULR
At 11pm tonight the Airbus A-350/900ULR will take off from Singapore Airport to New York, where it will arrive after 19 hours of flight without making a stop. 15,353 km away, which will be covered by the very long-range aircraft used by Singapore Airlines, configured in a special version with fewer seats (161 passengers divided into 67 in business and 94 in economy) so as to insert tanks additional fuel. Landing at Newark Airport -in New Jersey- will be a historic moment for civil aviation because it will become the longest uninterrupted flight, just a few months after the opening of the direct Qantas connection between Perth and London. These goals were possible thanks to the design of increasingly efficient engines, so much so that the A-350/900ULR consumes 25% less than comparable size aircraft. Just the fuel was the reason for the closure in 2013 of the very long-distance direct connections between Singapore and the United States (New York and Los Angeles) since the increase in the cost of oil had made the routes unprofitable, but with the The advent of more efficient airplanes probably these flights will return to bring profits to the airline.
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