Tickets for the new route start at £1,639 in Premium Economy and £3,689 in Business Class. Its long-range Airbus A350-900 aircraft will take 19 hours to fly the Singapore-New York route and carry 161 passengers, non in "cattle" class.
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For the Internet-addicted traveler anxious about being incommunicado for nearly a whole day, the flight offers Wi-Fi, for a price.
Business class flyers will get 30 megabytes data for free. An additional 20MB, just enough for an hour on Facebook, costs $6, with bigger packages offering up to 200MB for $28.
"It will help us boost our network competitiveness and further grow the Singapore hub". Operated by Singapore Airlines, the city-state's national carrier, the trip will take less than 19 hours. When they land in NY, pilots have three nights off before flying back to Singapore.
The airline has said that the four pilots - two captains and two first officers - need to have at least 8 hours of rest.
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Two pilots and a special wellness menu will be available during the flight.
The route, combined with the airline's plans to restart non-stop services to Los Angeles and add more non-stop flights to San Francisco next month, will give the premium Asian carrier its biggest-ever US presence.
Airbus said the A350-900URL plane's cabin has higher-than-normal ceilings, larger windows and lighting created to reduce jet lag - all part of an effort to lessen the stresses that can accompany nearly a day on a plane.
"While it's early days, there will be questions whether the latest attempt at U.S. nonstops will be profitable for Singapore Airlines given the very intense competition in the Singapore-U.S. market, rising fuel prices and the large number of premium seats Singapore Airlines has to fill on the seven newly delivered A350-900ULRs", he said. Composite-based planes can also tolerate higher cabin pressure, which means more oxygen and moisture in the air, making for a more comfortable flight. Airbus rejigged the fuel system on a standard A350-900 and pumped 17 per cent more jet kerosene into the tanks in the wings. Increased efficiency means it can operate the route on 270 gallons of fuel per passenger, around half the previous amount.
It marked the revival of a route that had been eliminated in 2013.