The flight from Singapore to New York landed after almost 18 hours of flying and became the longest commercial air route in the world.

The Singapore-New York flight, the longest commercial flight in the world, landed Friday at Newark Airport, after nearly 18 hours in the air, the first flight of recovery of a line abandoned in 2013.

According to the site of Newark Airport (New Jersey), flight SQ22 arrived at 05H29 local (09H29 GMT), having taken off at 23H37 in Singapore, about 17H52 of flight. According to more In the case of specialized sites, notably Flight Radar 24, the actual flight time would actually be closer to 17:25 for a journey of approximately 16,500 km.

The travelers felt at ease in this flight, Singapore Airlines offering only places in premium eco and business on this flight, but no tickets in economy class. A raised cabin ceiling wider portholes a special LED lighting supposed to play on the colors reduce the "jetlag", the effects of jet lag. And a "well-being" menu, a very long catalog of films to watch

With this new flight, Singapore Airlines takes first place in the ranking of the longest flights. The palm was previously held by Qatar Airways' link between Auckland and Doha.

This is not the first time the company has offered this route. It operated for nine years before abandoning it in 2013 when the oil spill made it lose its profitability. It used an A340-500, a four-engine much more greedy than the new Airbus A350-900 ULR The aircraft, built in the factories of Toulouse, has a system of fuel supply of greater capacity. The A350-900 ULR consumes 25% less kerosene than the A340 and can take off with 165,000 liters of kerosene in its tanks, 24,000 liters more than the conventional A350.

Singapore Airlines will make these flights Singapore-New York three times a week initially but the link will become daily before the end of the year, as soon as the Asian airline has been delivered a second Airbus A350-900 ULR. In total, Singapore Airlines has ordered seven of these aircraft

One-way Singapore-New York flight costs about $ 2,150 in eco-premium class, according to the Singapore Airlines website.

In return, the ticket costs about $ 3,500, according to the company's website.

Carl Delsey for DayNewsWorld