Long-haul flights return with premium services

Singapore-New York route viable again with tech advances, more fuel-efficient aircraft

SIA last month took delivery of the first of seven Airbus A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft, which it will use on the Singapore-New York route as well as for non-stop services to Los Angeles starting next month. The jet carries up to 161 passengers,
SIA last month took delivery of the first of seven Airbus A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft, which it will use on the Singapore-New York route as well as for non-stop services to Los Angeles starting next month. The jet carries up to 161 passengers, compared with 253 on the airline's existing A350-900s.PHOTO: SIA

SYDNEY • Long-haul flights halfway across the globe are making a comeback even with oil prices close to their highest in four years.

About six months after Qantas Airways started a direct service from Perth to London, Singapore Airlines (SIA) is bringing back its 16,700km jump to New York on Thursday, pipping Qatar Airways' Doha-Auckland route to reclaim the title of the world's longest commercial flight.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 10, 2018, with the headline 'Long-haul flights return with premium services'. Subscribe