- 29. June 2004
Singapore Airlines beats its own long-haul record
has moved a bit closer to New York as Singapore Airlines launched
a new nonstop service between the two cities with an ultra long-haul
Airbus A340-500 aircraft. It's the airlines second nonstop destination
in the USA.
SQ22 departed at 12.25 Singapore local time on 28th June and completed
the 16,600 km (9,000 nm) sector to New York's Newark Airport in
18 hours 18 minutes. The airline beat its previous record distance
for a non-stop round trip commercial service, when it introduced
the A340-500 on the service between Singapore and Los Angeles
on 3rd February 2004. On that occasion, the A340-500 completed
the 14,093 km / 7,609 nm sector to Los Angeles in 14 hours 42
the passengers arrive in New York at the same day as they left
Singapore, much more time is lost on the return leg. The flight
back to Asia, SQ21, departs from New York's Newark Airport at
2300 local time and arrives in Singapore two days later at 0535
in the morning.
Airbus A340-500 in flight. (Photo:
A340-500 is designed to feature a very spacious cabin with just
181 seats in a two- class configuration. The Raffles (business)
Class cabin has 64 of the airline's renowned SpaceBeds. Arranged
in a 2-2-2 configuration, the seats have a generous pitch of 64
inches. The Executive Economy Class offers 117 seats in a 2-3-2
configurationwith a seat pitch of 37 inches.
the introduction of the non-stop service between Singapore and
New York (Newark Airport) on 28 June, flights between Amsterdam
and Newark will be discontinued. However, Singapore Airlines will
be increasing its services to Amsterdam from four times weekly
to a daily flight. The airline's services to New York will increase
to 14 times weekly, up from 11 times at present.
Airlines placed an order for 10 A340-500s in 1998 - five on firm
order and five on option - worth US$2.2 billion, including the
cost of spares and spare engines. The aircraft is powered by four
Rolls-Royce Trent 553 engines. Singapore Airlines is the second
airline to operate the A340-500 after Emirates Airlines, who opened
new routes from Dubai to Australia using the new ultra long-haul
Airbus. Air Canada will be a third operator, once their financial
problems are sorted out.
world is getting a smaller place and Asia has just moved closer
to New York. However, sharp tongues argue that Singapore Airlines
is still far away from the Big Apple. Actually, the airline is
using Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey, a few miles away of
the State of New York. Anyway, New York's JFK isn't really nearer
to the city's centre.