Singapore Airlines Flight SQ22 arrived in Newark after a flight of 17 hours and 52 minutes. (AFP photo)
NEW YORK: An Airbus jetliner arrived in Newark on Friday after a nearly 18-hour trip from Singapore, completing the world’s longest commercial flight.
It marked the revival of a route that had been eliminated in 2013 but has become financially viable once more thanks to a new Airbus jet that consumes 25% less fuel than its predecessor.
Singapore Airlines Flight SQ22 arrived at 5.29am, the Newark Liberty International Airport website said. That made for a flight of 17 hours and 52 minutes. It had been scheduled to take 18 hours and 25 minutes.
The plane was carrying 150 passengers and 17 crew members.
Singapore Airlines originally flew the route for nine years using the gas-guzzling, four-engine A340-500 plane before abandoning it in 2013 because high oil prices made the service unprofitable.
This trip was made with the new and more fuel-efficient Airbus A350-900ULR.
It topped the previous longest direct air link between cities — Qatar Airways flight QR921 from Auckland to Doha, which takes 17 hours 40 minutes.