SINGAPORE, Singapore Airlines (SIA) is expected to pick up its new ultra-long-range aircraft in the third quarter of the year, with non-stop flights to New York due to be launched before the end of the year, the Straits Times reported.
The 19-hour flight will see SIA reclaim the title of running the world's longest non-stop flight - an honour it held with its Singapore-Newark flight from 2004 to 2013.
The airline is also expected to start non-stop services to Los Angeles - a flight that takes more than 15 hours - next year, the Straits Times understands.
Both routes will be served by SIA's new Airbus 350-900ULR aircraft and are expected to come in a two-class configuration with business and premium economy seats.
When contacted, an SIA spokesman said: "Following the first flight of the ultra-long-range aircraft, SIA is looking forward to launching our own flights before the end of the year. We expect to be able to announce the first destination within the next few weeks."
For SIA, which has ordered seven of the planes, the launch of the Singapore-New York service will mark a significant milestone in the resumption of its non-stop flights to the United States, which the airline axed in 2013 after about a decade of operations.
The flights to Newark and Los Angeles were started in 2004, but the 2008 global financial crisis, coupled with rising fuel prices, made the routes unsustainable.
Source: NAM News Network