Longest long-haul flight to NY draws curious flyers

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For those not packing a weighty novel (or two), there will be 1,200 hours of audio-visual entertainment to choose from. The airline is in talks with Airbus and Boeing to develop the aircraft.

Luckily, these flights aren't really aimed at the likes of me.

The 16,700-kilometer flight takes 18 hours and 45 minutes.

Singapore Airlines now operates 40 flights per week to the U.S. cities of Houston, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. "I get the opportunity to come to Singapore, stay here, be in the city, but then also see other destinations", he said.

For the in-flight menu they've partnered with spa resort company Canyon Ranch, famous for their exclusive wellness resorts that attract the rich and famous.

In November 2013, Singapore Airlines had terminated its Singapore-Newark non-stop flights after about five years of operation as the A340-500, four-engine fuel guzzler aircraft with only 100 business class seats on board made it uneconomical.

But the ultra-long-range version that SIA has bought from Airbus has the longest capability of any aircraft flying today, thanks in part to a slightly modified fuel system.

But the carrier is hoping that the introduction of more fuel-efficient planes will set cash registers ringing even as crude prices soar above $80. The Singapore to NY leg, which takes off on Oct 11, is expected to take 17 hours and 50 minutes, and the return trip is 18 hours and 30 minutes.

As with other Singapore Air long-haul routes, you can eat local favourites such as chicken rice and beef hor fun, or 'Book the Cook, ' a service that allows you to order dishes like lobster thermidor or rib-eye steak up to 24 hours before the flight. Aviation experts also believe that long-haul direct flights might be the future of air travel, at least for a small niche of fliers. "The A350-1000 has been a welcome addition to our fleet and very well received by our passengers who enjoy the new generation aircraft's unprecedented levels of comfort and technology". It's a strong sign the European plane maker is on schedule to start delivering the advanced jet to airline customers in the second half of the year.

The route was later abandoned due to rising fuel costs - an issue the airline has countered this time around with their fancy new fuel-efficient A350-900 ULR plane.

"We are optimistic about the demand for non-stop services to the USA", the spokesman said.