On board flight SQ22 (CNN) — I am on board Singapore Airways record-breaking inaugural world’s longest passenger flight from Singapore to New York.
At some point of this thrilling 19-hour, 16,700 kilometer journey into the historical past books, I will be dwell reporting my experiences and people of my fellow passengers.
Beneath is my newest replace.
Learn additional to search out out what’s occurred to this point. Examine again in for normal updates.
We’re within the air, pushing again from the gate bang on time at 11.35 p.m. Singapore time and taking off 25 minutes later. Forward of us lies practically 19 hours of nonstop flying time.
The take off was extraordinarily easy regardless of the wet night in Singapore. The brand-new Airbus A350-900ULR’s twin Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, which may generate as much as 97,00zero kilos of thrust, labored completely.
I’ve already slipped into one thing extra comfy.
What to put on within the air — when you’re Richard Quest.
So I plan to weblog every hour via the flight — aside from a 4 hour hole once we are in Wi-FI blackout. Subsequent replace shall be on the prime of the hour after I’ll give route and plane particulars. See you then.
An hour earlier than take off:
We have boarded the flight through gate eight at Changi.
There’s one thing thrilling a couple of new flight. A unique vacation spot, a brand new expertise.
Much more so when it is the longest flight on the planet. Singapore to New York… and the journey begins proper now.
The welcoming committee as we put together to enter the model new Airbus A350-900ULR.
The story earlier than boarding:
Spending practically 19 hours cooped up in an airplane could sound nightmarish to some, however when Singapore Airways flight SQ22 takes off from its dwelling airport certain for New York, it should be a dream for others.
The record-breaking flight, involving a brand-new Airbus A350-900ULR (Extremely Lengthy Vary), will usher in a brand new period for air passengers and make the world simply that bit smaller because it turns into the world’s longest scheduled nonstop service.
For aviation fanatics like myself, it not often will get extra thrilling.
I am fortunate sufficient to have a ticket for this inaugural flight and I will be live-reporting my experiences as we depart from Singapore’s Changi Airport, then fly northeast in the direction of Alaska earlier than touchdown in Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport, simply exterior of New York.
Take off is scheduled for 11:35 p.m. Singapore time (11:35 a.m. in New York, 4:35 p.m. in London) on Thursday October 11 and, all being properly, we’ll be wheels-down on the opposite facet of the planet the next day, Friday at 6 a.m. in New York (11:00 a.m. in London, 6 p.m. Singapore).
However what’s going to or not it’s prefer to spend greater than 18 hours within the air? How does the human physique cope? How do the cabin crew cope? How do the airplane’s bogs cope?
I will be charting my observations — good and dangerous — and people of my 160 fellow passengers as we make aviation historical past.
Preserve checking this story for dwell updates as we journey the 16,700 kilometers (10,376 miles) to our vacation spot.
However first, a number of phrases on what precisely is supposed by the world’s longest flight.
It appears really easy, but it surely is not.
There are numerous methods to outline it, with pedants arguing for hours over what it means.
In fact there may be the space flown. Then there’s the period of the flight. Generally robust head winds can imply a shorter distance takes longer and vice versa.
Nonetheless, we’re normally secure saying the longest flights are measured when the aircraft is flying the Nice Circle Route: the shortest distance between two factors on the globe.
As an illustration: flying from New York to London, the aircraft would not go straight out over the ocean as a result of that may imply flying on the wider a part of the Earth’s circumference.
Fairly, the aircraft heads north, making an arc previous Canada, Greenland and Iceland, and down throughout Eire into London.
With that in thoughts, these are the generally accepted world’s longest flights:
Singapore to New York
Beforehand operated by Singapore Airways utilizing an Airbus A340-500, this flight took 18 hours to get to Newark.
It ended up being an all-business class flight. The A340-500 is a four-engine, heavy and thirsty plane. When gas costs rose to greater than $100 per barrel, this flight stopped being worthwhile. (Keep in mind: the longer the flight, the extra gas turns into a proportion of the price!)
By 2013 Singapore Airways took benefit of an settlement handy again the planes to Airbus, thereby ending the route.
Now, 5 years later, geared up with the extra fuel-efficient A350-900 Extremely Lengthy Haul, the airline can as soon as once more fly direct from Singapore to New York and earn money.
From October 11, hands-down this shall be, with out controversy, the longest usually scheduled nonstop industrial flight on the planet.
Perth to London
Since 1947, the journey from Australia to London has been referred to as The Kangaroo Route. Again then, a number of hops have been concerned — Sydney, Darwin, Singapore, Calcutta, Karachi, Cairo, Castel Benito, Rome, London — and took some 4 days to finish.
And that was thought-about speedy.
This 12 months Qantas did the run multi function lengthy hop, when a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner made the journey in simply over 17 hours.
There have been different plane able to this distance, just like the Boeing 777-200LR, Airbus A380 and A340-500, however they’re heavier planes with extra seats than required. It will have been troublesome to earn money on this “lengthy skinny route.”
Different flights within the prime 10
Qantas’ Sydney-Dallas utilizing the A380, Qatar’s Doha-Auckland, Emirates’ Dubai-Auckland, United Airways operating San Francisco-Singapore with a 787-9.
The return of Singapore-New York will put an finish to all of the rivalry, at the least for the second.
By connecting these two industrial facilities on reverse sides of the world, the flight might be the ultimate long-distance route an airline can conceive to run and stay commercially viable.
Till Qantas’ Mission Dawn involves fruition.
The Aussie service has tasked each Airbus and Boeing to develop long-range plane able to flying 17,00zero kilometers nonstop from Sydney to London. Qantas hopes to order the revamped planes by 2019 with flights starting in 2022.
That journey, if it occurs, will clock in at round 20 hours, incomes world’s longest honors.
The REAL longest flight
Boeing’s 777-200LR Worldliner full’s its record-breaking flight in 2005.
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Oh, did I say that these have been the longest flights?
As a result of the precise longest flight, based on Guinness World Information, was a 22-hour and 42-minute flight in 2005, from Hong Kong to London.
Boeing was demonstrating the capabilities of its 777-200LR — nicknamed the Worldliner — so the flight went the good distance spherical.
I used to be one in every of solely 30 passengers on board — Boeing was required to have some paying passengers to satisfy the factors for beating the document.
In the course of the practically day-long journey, we performed video games, exercised, chatted with the eight pilots on board and slept on mattresses laid out on the again the place the seats had been eliminated.
The flight took off from Hong Kong, crossed the Pacific, making landfall round Los Angeles.
From there, we flew throughout the USA, crossing over New York’s JFK Airport earlier than heading out over the Atlantic and touchdown in London to a water-cannon salute.
Now THAT was an extended flight.