Passengers ready for world’s longest flight from Singapore to New York

SINGAPORE, Oct 11: Passengers were getting ready to board the world’s longest flight on Thursday — a marathon 19 hours in the air between Singapore and New York. Two pilots, a special “wellness” menu and more than seven weeks’ worth of film and television entertainment were expected to accompany travellers on the 16,700-kilometre (10,400-mile) journey to the Big Apple. Singapore Airlines Flight SQ22 will use the long-range Airbus A350-900ULR, configured to carry 161 passengers — 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy. For the flight crew — which also includes two first officers and a 13-strong cabin contingent — the work load will be broken up, the airline said, with every person getting a mandatory minimum four hours’ rest. But for passengers, the challenge will be what to do with all that down time up in the air. For those not packing a weighty novel (or two), there will be 1,200 hours of audio-visual entertainment to choose from. Dining options will include dishes the airline says have been selected to promote well-being in the skies, with organic dishes on the menu. (Agencies)