Singapore Airlines Relaunches the World’s Longest Flight with the Airbus A350ULR

1782 days after stopping service, Singapore Airlines is relaunching the world’s longest flights today as it brings back SQ21/SQ22 service between Singapore and New York (EWR). With a Great circle distance of 15,336 km, it is almost 1,000 km further than the current longest flight between Auckland and Doha operated by Qatar Airways. The return service from New York to Singapore is also the longest flight by time, with a block time of 18 hours 45 minutes.

Singapore Airlines’ first A350-900ULR departing Toulouse on delivery

Singapore Airlines will introduce the Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra long-range) into commercial service to operate the route. The airline has seven A350ULRs on order and will use the aircraft on the Singapore-New York (EWR) route as well as a relaunch of its Singapore-Los Angeles service. So far, Singapore is the only carrier to order the ULR variant from Airbus. Passengers won’t be able to tell the difference by looking at the aircraft, but the A350ULR is modified for increased gross weight and the ability to hold additional fuel through modifications to the existing fuel system enabling the addition of 24,000 litres of fuel.

A350ULR infographic courtesy Airbus

Singapore Airlines last operated between Singapore and New York (EWR) in 2013. That service used Airbus A340-500 aircraft in an all-business class configuration.

The center cabin of the all-business class A340-500 formerly used by Singapore Airlines on the SIN-EWR and SIN-LAX routes

Due to the operating economics of the A340-500, Singapore Airlines discontinued the flight effective 24 November 2013. In October 2015, the airline announced its selection of the A350ULR for its ultra-long range flights, signalling its intention to restart the route. The A350ULR is outfitted with 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy seats.

The last SQ21 departure in 2013 seen on Flightradar24

Follow the world’s longest flight

The inaugural Singapore-New York (EWR) flight operated by the A350ULR is scheduled to depart 11 October at 23:35 local time (15:35 UTC), arriving in New York at 6:00 local time (10:00 UTC) the following day. When the flight is active you can follow SQ22 from Singapore to New York (EWR) on our live map below, follow on our main site here, or download our app for iOS and Android and search ‘SQ22’. You’ll also be able to follow the return flight on the map below or by searching ‘SQ21’ on our site or in our app.

Singapore-New York (EWR) Flight Facts

🗺 Great Circle Distance: 15,336 km
🇸🇬✈️🇺🇸 Block time SIN-EWR: 18 hours 25 minutes
🇺🇸✈️🇸🇬 Block time EWR-SIN: 18 hours 45 minutes
✈️ Aircraft: Airbus A350-900ULR

Follow the Flights

🇸🇬✈️🇺🇸 SIN-EWR | Scheduled departure 11 October 23:35 (UTC +8) | Live link SQ22/SIA22
🇺🇸✈️🇸🇬 EWR-SIN | Scheduled departure 12 October 10:45 (UTC -4) | Live link SQ21/SIA21