24 Oct '12, 9pm

Singapore Airlines to end world's longest flights

Singapore Airlines to end world's longest flights

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The world’s longest commercial flight — Singapore to Newark, New Jersey — is being cancelled. Singapore Airlines announced Wednesday that it will end its nonstop flight between Singapore and Newark, a distance of about 9,500 miles (15,300 kilometres). A slightly shorter route between Singapore and Los Angeles will also end. The two routes were flown on gas-guzzling Airbus A340-500s. The airline found the only way to make the routes profitable was by configuring the plane with 98 business class seats that sell for about $8,000 roundtrip. Other airlines operate the same plane with about 250 seats in first, business and economy classes. The flight from Newark, right outside New York, to Singapore takes about 18 hours. The trip from Los Angeles is about 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometres) shorter but takes 18 hours and 30 minutes. Headwinds over the Pacific Ocean s...

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