SIA stewardess who worked on first Singapore-Newark flight will get it right second time round

Singapore Airlines' 19-hour journey from Singapore to Newark can take a toll on even the most frequent flier. Here is how the captain and cabin crew will manage.
Leading stewardess Ashley Tan shows the bunks where the cabin crew will rest on SIA's A350-900ULR aircraft during the nearly 19-hour flight from Singapore to Newark. Stewardesses will change out of their kebayas and some may undo their hair to sleep.
Leading stewardess Ashley Tan shows the bunks where the cabin crew will rest on SIA's A350-900ULR aircraft during the nearly 19-hour flight from Singapore to Newark. Stewardesses will change out of their kebayas and some may undo their hair to sleep.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

When Ms Ashley Tan, 32, worked on her first Singapore-Newark flight - back in 2011 before Singapore Airlines (SIA) stopped the service - it was fun but tough.

The stewardess was so excited that she could not sleep the night before, which made her very tired on the flight of nearly 19 hours.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 29, 2018, with the headline 'Stewardess will get it right second time round'. Print Edition | Subscribe