Singapore Air cancels world’s longest flight

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A340-500 (Photo: Muhammad Ector Prasetyo)

I know that this is going to crush a lot of frequent travel dreams out there, but here goes– This sad story just in from AP: The world’s longest commercial flight — Singapore to Newark, N.J. — is being cancelled.

Singapore Airlines announced Wednesday that it will end its nonstop flight between Singapore and Newark, a distance of about 9,500 miles. A slightly shorter route between Singapore and Los Angeles will also end. The two routes were flown on gas-guzzling Airbus A340-500s.

The airline found the only way to make the routes profitable was by configuring the plane with 98 business class seats that sell for about $8,000 roundtrip. Other airlines operate the same plane with about 250 seats in first, business and economy classes.

The flight from Newark, right outside New York, to Singapore takes about 18 hours. The trip from Los Angeles is about 1,500 miles shorter but takes 18 hours and 30 minutes.

Here’s the full, sad story from AP: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/singapore-airlines-end-worlds-longest-flights

How does this make you feel? Did you dream of one day taking this flight? How does 18.5 hours onboard an aircraft sound to you…even if it’s posh Singapore Air business class? Please leave your comments below. 

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  • G Pickholz

    SQ decision likely has less to do with longest flight than the sudden collapse (yet again) of all business flights.

    BA has reduced its all business flights from LCY to JFK by over 50% and cancelled all weekend traffic and BA 003/004 completely. Swiss has terminated its all business Privatair Flight ZUR-EWR and LH has cancelled the all business DUS-EWR flight as well. Those are much shorter routes.

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