>> The world's longest commercial flight is back in action. The 19-hour ultra long-haul nonstop Singapore Airlines marathon from Singapore to New York. The first flight taking off on Thursday after five years out of action. It's going to be a major boost for the Asian airline, which is about to have its biggest US footprint ever.
It also plans to add two more non-stop services, one to LA, and one to San Francisco. Singapore Airlines was forced to stop its record breaking haul in 2013 due to pricey fuel costs. Instead it introduced layovers in Frankfurt, Tokyo, and Seoul, but that cut revenue from the US from 20% down to 14, opening the firm up to more competition from other carriers.
While ultra long haul flights can typically command a premium of 20% versus those with stops, Singapore Air is offering low initial fares on its US routes. Even at lower costs, though, 19 hours stuck on a plane may sound too uncomfortable to bear, but at least you won't have to travel in economy class, and that's because there isn't one.
The exclusively premium and business class seats will sit it what's called the new ultra long range twin engine Airbus. Singapore Airlines has already ordered seven.