Review: The World’s Longest Flight
Singapore Arlines All Business Class
Singapore to Newark A340-500 Ultra Long Haul
The World’s Longest Commercial Flight
This is a Photograph Report of Singapore Airlines Flight SQ22, All Business Class from Singapore to Newark, taken just two weeks before it was discontinued in October 2013.
Distance flown 9,534 Miles
Total plane time 18 h 30 mins
Aircraft flown: 9V-SGE, 45 passengers on board (out of total 100 seats)
As usual, the trip starts in The Silver Kris Lounge in Singapore Changi Airport. The lounge offers a great choice of food and beverages. It has a very premium feel for a Business Class Lounge.
2 other friends of mine, Roni and Anoosh, met up with me in Singapore to take this “history making ride” together!
Here she is, A340-541 9V-SGE is operating our flight to Newark today, the last of 5 A340-500’s in The Singapore Airlines Fleet.
Welcome Onboard Singapore Airlines All Business Class
I have chosen the last row window seat on the right, seat 38K while my friend Roni took 38A.
Our idea was, since it is an all Business Class configured aircraft, it would be more fun to sit at the far back (Where The Economy Class section is usually located) while still enjoying a full sleeper seat.
It feels more private in the rear cabin, as most of the other passengers sat in the front. There were only 3 passengers in the entire rear section; no doubt all of them are Avgeeks!
Here is the lunch, served after take-off.
Cheers with Roni!
We finished the nice lunch; however we are nowhere near Hong Kong and still have another 16.5 hours to go!
So we get time to chat with the Singapore Girl’s and take photos with them!
We continue to socialize around the empty rear of the cabin.
I have the good fortune to meet up with San Jose based aviation enthusiast and writer/photographer Ben Wang!
The bed was turned down on request and I took a short day nap…
There are so many empty seats, you can choose where to sleep!
About half way into the flight, the dinner service begins; it is started with the famous Singapore Airlines Satay.
I have to say, the catering on this flight is outstanding!
After dinner, we still have 8 hours to our destination. The rest of the flight was spent sleeping, chatting and listening to tunes. Interestingly enough I didn’t watch a single movie on The World’s Longest Flight!
About 2 hours before landing we have a pre-arrival meal; I have a noodle soup with prawns.
Again, it was really good. Washing all this down with a Singapore Sling!
Forward wing view of the A340-500
After nearly 18 hours of flying, we touched down on Runway 22R of Newark Liberty International Airport.
All of us are glad to have accomplished the 9,534 mile crossing, from Singapore nonstop to Newark! We can confidently say we have flown, what will remain to be for a long time to come, The World’s Longest Flight!
Our flight was held up for another 20-25 minutes because of a United Airbus emergency incident (no further details supplied)
Goodbye and many thanks to Singapore Airlines, a great way to fly!
I am really glad I have flown The World’s Longest Flight before it is discontinued. It was a really long flight but there was never a dull moment. Singapore Airlines delivered their usual outstanding flawless service. The catering on this flight is of long haul premium and there were lots of choices to choose from. The flat bed is comfortable with all aisle access. This is a flight that will go down well in my travel logbook.
We cannot wait for Singapore Airlines to reinstate the nonstop flight with the next generation of aircraft.
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