Airbus At 50: Trip Report On World’s Longest Flight

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Wine and food were on offer and the atmosphere was charged like a good Singapore thunderstorm that has been rolling through during the day.

Boarding started at 11. pm, with pushback at 11.37 pm. The take-off roll was at 11.59 pm.

Just 43 seconds later our magic carpet was airborne for the epic 16, 627km (8978nm) journey.

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Settling in for the epic journey

Not long after take-off on the world’s longest flight, a marathon of food and wine started. But this was a bit different being influenced by the partnership with the chefs and nutritionists from Canyon Ranch, one of the leaders in healthy living and wellness. But there were also the traditional favourites from SIA’s own meal selections and creations by its International Culinary Panel of chefs.

Our Pacific track took us across the South China Sea, abeam Vietnam, Hong Kong and Taiwan and onwards toward Japan.

The supper service was seamless and I chose the snapper which was cooked to perfection.

Cabin mood lighting was soothing and quickly the passengers settled down for slumber.

The A350 was very stable and the flight very smooth and the occasional bump was handled noticed.

The business class seating on this aircraft is not the latest that was unveiled early this year for the A380 but nonetheless was very comfortable and still considered state-of-the-art. The airline, however, has made modifications for this ULR aircraft adding more padding to the “sleep mode” of the seat.

After Japan, the sun rose and our aircraft tracked toward Alaska.

A few hours later a full lunch was on offer.

Singapore Airlines’ described this as an “Epicurean Journey” and gives passengers a small book of selections to prove the point.

The starter was the famous Singapore Chicken and Beef Satay and it hasn’t lost any of its shine. This signature dish was followed by a Salad of Crab.

For the main course, there were 6 selections and I opted for the Beef Cheek in Red Wine Sauce. It was perfectly cooked.

Of course, you could have selected, in the days before departure, options from the Book the Cook which appear to be almost endless.

Night fell over Fairbanks and many returned to slumber or a good movie.

For this flight, Singapore Airlines has added another 200 hours of content. For me it as back to my iPad and a catch up on some favorite TV series.

Passengers can also stay in touch with high-speed in-flight WiFi service. The A350 is equipped with Panasonic Avionics’ new satellite modem that operates with its third generation satellite network. The service is capable of delivering higher-speed Internet to passengers.

Before we knew it, Captain Leong was advising us that Newark was only 48 minutes away. Where have all those 17 hours gone? The world’s longest flight was shorter than we all thought!

Actual gate to gate time was – 17 hours 52 minutes.

Fuel burnt was 103.2 tonnes and for the mission, 111.5 tonnes of fuel was carried.

All in all, a wonderful world’s longest flight and a big tick for Singapore Airlines and aviation.

Geoffrey Thomas was a guest of Singapore Airlines

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first flight is the Airbus A300 we take you back to the launch of the world’s longest non-stop – Singapore Airlines A350 from Singapore to Newark on October 11, 2018.

Here is my trip report from 2018.

Singapore Airlines’ relaunch of the Singapore to New York nonstop, the world’s longest flight, was an outstanding success by any measure and passengers dusted off the 17 hours 52 minutes as “no big deal”.

Key to its success is the Airbus A350-900ULR, the all-composite twin-engine ultra-long-range jet that burns about 35 per cent less fuel than read more ⇒

Source:: AirlineRatings.Com

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