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Singapore Airlines to offer the world’s longest nonstop flight to Newark


Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch the world’s longest commercial flights in October, with non-stop services between Singapore and New York using the new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range).

Flights are to be launched on October 11, 2018, to Newark Liberty International Airport. The route will initially be served three times a week, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Daily operations will commence from October 18, 2018 after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service.

SIA is the world’s first customer for the new A350-900ULR, with seven on firm order with Airbus. The aircraft will be configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats. Tickets will be made available for sale progressively across the various booking channels, starting from tomorrow.

Flights will cover a distance of approximately 9,000nm (16,700km), and traveling time will be up to 18hrs 45min. Singapore Airlines served the Singapore-Newark route until 2013, when services were suspended after the aircraft used at the time, Airbus A340-500s, were returned to Airbus.

The A350-900ULR will offer customers a more comfortable travelling experience with features such as higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting designed to reduce jetlag. Its carbon composite airframe also allows for improved air quality due to a more optimised cabin altitude and humidity levels.

The second Airbus A350 for Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines currently has 21 A350-900s in its fleet, with 46 more on order including seven of the ULR variant. The first A350-900ULR is due for delivery in September, with all seven due for delivery by the end of the year.

Above Copyright Photo: Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-941 F-WZFY (9V-SMB) (msn 030) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 932494.

Singapore Airlines currently serves New York JFK, daily via Frankfurt. Other US destinations include Houston (five times weekly via Manchester), Los Angeles (daily via Seoul and daily via Tokyo), and San Francisco (daily non-stop from Singapore as well as daily via Hong Kong).

 

Nonstop Singapore-Los Angeles flights are also planned with the A350-900ULR, details of which will be announced at a later date.

Flight Schedules 

Northern Summer (to October 27, 2018)

Flight Number Days of Operation Time of Departure Time of Arrival
SQ22 Singapore-Newark Daily 2335 0600 (+1)
SQ21 Newark-Singapore Daily 1045 1730 (+1)

 

Northern Winter (October 28, 2018 to March 30, 2019)

Flight Number Days of Operation Time of Departure Time of Arrival
SQ22 Singapore-Newark Daily 0040 0530
SQ21 Newark-Singapore Daily 0945 1715 (+1)

*All times local.  Flight schedule is subject to daylight savings, slots and requlatory approvals.

Top Copyright Photo: Eurospot. Pictured on April 23, 2018 during the take off on the first flight, the first Airbus A350 ULR, A350-941 F-WZNY (msn 216)  will become 9V-SGE for SIA. The special titles were later removed and the aircraft repainted.

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Goodbye SilkAir, SilkAir to undergo major cabin product upgrade and will be merged into Singapore Airlines

SilkAir Airbus A319-133 9V-SBH (msn 4259) HKT (Richard Vandervord). Image: 923656.

Singapore Airlines has made this announcement:

Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) regional wing, SilkAir, is to undergo a significant investment programme to upgrade its cabin products as part of a multi-year initiative that will ultimately see it merged into Singapore Airlines.

The program will comprise investment of more than $100 million to upgrade the wholly owned subsidiary’s cabins with new lie-flat seats in Business Class, and the installation of seat-back in-flight entertainment systems in both Business Class and Economy Class. This will ensure closer product and service consistency across the SIA Group’s full-service network.

Above Photo: SilkAir. SilkAir’s MAX 8 Business Class seats.


Aircraft cabin upgrades are expected to start in 2020 due to lead times required by seat suppliers, including to complete certification processes. The merger will take place only after a sufficient number of aircraft have been fitted with the new cabin products. Specific details will be announced progressively as the program develops and timelines are finalised.


Consistent with ongoing efforts to optimise the SIA Group’s network, there will also be transfers of routes and aircraft between the different airlines in the portfolio.


SilkAir is the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, operating a fleet of 11 Airbus A320 family aircraft and 22 Boeing 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 aircraft. It is currently transitioning to an all-737 fleet, and serves 49 destinations in 16 countries.


It launched in 1989 as Tradewinds the airline, initially focusing on holiday destinations in Southeast Asia. Renamed SilkAir in 1992, it expanded progressively across Asia in subsequent years as it evolved from a holiday resort airline to a full-fledged, full-service regional carrier.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by SilkAir): SilkAir Airbus A319-133 9V-SBH (msn 4259) HKT (Richard Vandervord). Image: 923656.

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Ultra Long Range Airbus A350 XWB completes its first flight

Airbus made this announcement:

The Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB, msn 216,  has successfully completed its first flight. The latest variant of the best-selling A350 XWB Family will be able to fly further than any other commercial airliner and will enter service with launch operator Singapore Airlines in second half 2018.

The aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines has embarked on a short flight test programme to certify the changes over the standard A350-900 that will extend its range capability to 9,700 nautical miles. These changes include a modified fuel system that increases fuel carrying capacity by 24,000 litres, without the need for additional fuel tanks. The test phase will also measure enhanced performance from aerodynamic improvements, including extended winglets.

With a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 280 tons, the Ultra Long Range A350 XWB is capable of flying over 20 hours non-stop, combining the highest levels of passenger and crew comfort with unbeatable economics for such distances.

Altogether, Singapore Airlines has ordered seven A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft, which it will use on nonstop flights between Singapore and the US, including the world’s longest commercial service between Singapore and New York.

The A350 XWB is an all new family of widebody long-haul airliners shaping the future of air travel. The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. The A350 XWB features an Airspace by Airbus cabin offering absolute well-being on board with the quietest twin-aisle cabin and new air systems.

At the end of March 2018, Airbus has recorded a total of 854 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 45 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

Singapore Airlines is one of the largest customers for the A350 XWB Family, having ordered a total of 67 A350-900s, including the seven Ultra Long Range models. The carrier has already taken delivery of 21 A350-900s.

Photo: Airbus/P. Pigeyre.

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir to codeshare with Fiji Airways

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 1989

Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Fiji Airways have announced the signing of a codeshare agreement that will provide more convenient connections for customers travelling to Fiji from 10 destinations in Asia and Europe through the Singapore hub.

Under the agreement, Singapore Airlines and SilkAir customers can access Fiji Airways’ nonstop flights between Singapore and Nadi, including the airline’s third weekly seasonal service that was launched on April 4, 2018. Customers can also travel on codeshare flights between Nadi and three domestic destinations, including the Fijian capital Suva, Labasa, and Savusavu.

In turn, Fiji Airways customers will be able to access Singapore Airlines and SilkAir-operated flights to destinations in, China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

The codeshare flights are subject to regulatory approvals.

Top Copyright Photo: SilkAir Boeing 737-8SA WL 9V-MGN (msn 44230) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 929664.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Fiji Airways (2nd) Boeing 737-8X2 WL DQ-FJH (msn 29969) SYD (Keith Burton). Image: 926459.

Fiji Airways (2nd) Boeing 737-8X2 WL DQ-FJH (msn 29969) SYD (Keith Burton). Image: 926459.

Video: Sam Chui inspects Singapore Airlines new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on its delivery flight

From Sam Chui: Singapore Airlines is the world’s first airline to operate the Boeing 787-10, which is fitted with the airline’s latest regional cabin products. Come along on the delivery flight.

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Singapore Airlines unveils its new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner cabin

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has unveiled the next generation of regional cabin products, fitted on its new Boeing 787-10 fleet, which will redefine travel on flights up to eight hours.

The new cabin products feature fully-flat beds and direct aisle access for all Business Class customers, ergonomically-designed contour backrests with six-way adjustable headrests in Economy Class, and personalised in-flight entertainment (IFE) experience for all customers through myKrisWorld.

They were unveiled for the first time today at a launch event in Singapore. The launch followed the arrival of the world’s first 787-10 from Boeing’s production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The new 787-10s are configured with 337 seats in two classes, featuring 36 Business Class seats and 301 Economy Class seats.



New Business Class

Manufactured by Stelia Aerospace, the new regional Business Class seats on the 787-10s are arranged in a forward-facing 1-2-1 staggered configuration to provide every customer direct aisle access.

With each seat able to recline directly into a 76” fully-flat bed, Business Class customers can rest in more comfort, even on the shortest flights. Customers will have more options to relax in their seat while being entertained by KrisWorld, SIA’s award-winning in-flight entertainment system, on their personal 18” full high-definition touchscreen monitor, powered by Panasonic’s latest eX3 system.

Each seat measures up to 26” in width with retractable armrests that can be raised and lowered. Whether travelling alone or with a partner, adjustable dividers at the centre seats provide for a customised level of privacy to suit individual preferences.

Customers can also look forward to other features to enhance their travelling experience, such as ample stowage space for personal items, a business panel with in-seat power supply and USB ports, and integrated reading light unit with adjustable lighting intensity.

New Economy Class

Designed and built by RECARO, the new Economy Class seat also offers an enhanced in-flight experience. Arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration, each of the 301 Economy Class seats on the new 787-10s has an ergonomically-designed contour backrest that provides greater comfort, with a six-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings to provide more neck support.

Economy Class customers can also enjoy an enhanced entertainment experience on their personal 11.6” full high-definition touchscreen monitor, as they browse from the selection of more than 1,000 movies, TV shows, audio programmes and games on KrisWorld.

Other features that Economy Class customers can look forward to include personal storage space for small personal items, a coat hook, USB port and in-seat power supply.

New In-Flight Entertainment Experience

All customers on the new 787-10s will also have greater control over their in-flight entertainment (IFE) experience through myKrisWorld, allowing for world-first IFE personalisation. Features of myKrisWorld include content recommendations based on customer preferences and viewing history, and KrisFlyer members being able to bookmark and resume content, as well as customise and save preferences for subsequent flights.

SIA is also the first airline in the world to offer a series of games from Toca Boca and Sago Mini on KrisWorld. Initially available on the 787-10s, this popular entertainment option will progressively be made available on other aircraft types in the Airline’s fleet.

The new 787-10s will also be equipped with in-flight WiFi supported by Panasonic’s Global Communication Services and GSM phone services provided by Panasonic’s wholly owned subsidiary Aeromobile.

“The introduction of the new cabin products on our Boeing 787-10 fleet reinforces our unwavering commitment to product leadership, one of the key pillars of our brand promise,” said SIA CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong.

“The new products were the result of a series of consultations with customers, and from working closely with our seat designers and manufacturers. We are confident that the new regional cabin products, with full-flat beds in Business Class and the many new features in Economy Class, will offer our customers a more comfortable in-flight experience even on the shortest flights.”

SIA is investing US$350 million in the introduction of the new regional cabin products on an initial 20 787-10s.

SIA is the first and largest customer for the 787-10, with firm orders for 49 of the type. The Airline also has a firm order with Boeing for 20 777-9s, which are due for delivery from the 2021/22 financial year.

Osaka and Perth will be the first scheduled destinations to be served by the new 787-10s, from May 2018. Prior to the launch of these regular services, the aircraft will be operated on selected flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes.

All photos by Singapore Airlines.

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Boeing delivers the first 787-10 Dreamliner to Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines and Boeing on March 25 celebrated the delivery of the first 787-10 airplane, the newest and largest member of the Dreamliner family and a jet that will set a new global standard for fuel efficiency.

 

About 3,000 people marked the milestone at Boeing’s facility in North Charleston, South Carolina where the latest 787 model is manufactured (above).

787-10; Ribbon Cutting; 787-10 Singapore Airlines Ceremony; South Carolina; Boeing; Kevin McAllister;

Like the other 787 Dreamliners, the 787-10 is designed with strong, lightweight composites, the most advanced systems, and comfortable cabin features. The 787-10, though, features a longer fuselage which allows it to carry about 40 more passengers or a total of 330 seats in a standard two-class configuration.

With the additional capacity, the 787-10 provides airlines the lowest operating cost per seat of any widebody airplane in service today.

 

Singapore Airlines – through its subsidiary Scoot – already flies the 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners. With this delivery the group will be the first to operate all three Dreamliner models. Singapore Airlines has 68 additional Boeing widebody jets on order, including 48 additional 787-10s, and 20 of the new 777-9s.

The 787-10’s superior performance and high commonality with its Dreamliner siblings have attracted strong interest from around the world, including in Asia where the jet can connect all points within the region. The 787-10 also offers Asian operators the flexibility to fly to Europe, Africa and Oceania.

Singapore Airlines plans to puts its 787-10s into scheduled service in May, with flights from Singapore to Osaka, Japan and Perth, Australia. Prior to the introduction of these services, the aircraft will be operated on selected flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes.

Above Photos: Boeing.

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Below Copyright Photo: Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner 9V-SCA (msn 60253) CHS (Mike Cassidy). Image: 941221.

Singapore's first Boeing 787-10, first flight on Februaruy 9, 2018