(CNN) – In a whopping 1 hour, it was the longest scheduled flight in the world, seen as a feat of endurance for those who dared to book it.
But Singapore Airlines’ Singapore-Newark flight, which covered an astonishing 9,534 miles, was the initial victim of the Covid-19 epidemic, which was halted on March 23.
Now, though, it is set to take off again, with flights between Singapore and New York set to resume on November 9.
There is only one difference – the US will switch from the airport, Newark, NJ to JFK. Which pushes a distance of up to 9,536.5 miles.
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Singapore Airlines said in a statement that the airport switch would allow the airline to “better accommodate a mix of passengers and cargo in the current operating environment.”
When passenger numbers are low, the airline expects “significant cargo demand,” including “pharmaceuticals, e-commerce and technology companies.”
How many regular passengers will book is uncertain. Visitors are currently not allowed to enter Singapore, except for permanent residents, visa holders or travelers from countries that qualify for an “Air Travel Pass” (Australia, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, New Zealand and Vietnam). Some provinces in China, as well as Malaysia, Japan and the Republic of Korea can travel for work if sponsored by a Singapore company.
The flight will operate three times a week, using the Airbus A350-900 with 187 economy seats, plus 24 premium economy and 42 business class.
Slow recovery recovery
Singapore Airlines has continued its nonstop flights from Changi Airport to Los Angeles during the epidemic. The airline promised to “continue to review its operations in the United States, and assess the growing demand for air travel amid ongoing recovery recovery by the Covid-19 epidemic, before deciding to re-establish services on other issues in the country.”
Flights from Singapore to JFK will take 18 hours and 5 minutes, while JFK’s flights from Singapore will take 18 hours and 40 minutes. On that route, passengers will also arrive two days after departure, starting at 10:30 a.m. and arriving at 6:30 a.m. thanks to arrival time.
The crew wears goggles, gloves and a mask, and passengers will be required to wear a mask while eating or drinking.