(CNN) – At a mammoth 18 hours, it was the longest scheduled flight in the world and was seen as an endurance feat for those who dared to book it.
However, Singapore Airlines’ Singapore-Newark flight, which covered a staggering 9,534 miles, was an early victim of the Covid-19 pandemic, which was suspended on March 23.
However, it is now ready to start again. Flights are slated to resume on November 9 between Singapore and New York.
There is only one difference: the US airport will move from Newark, New Jersey to JFK. That pushes the distance to 9,536.5 miles.
No vacation yet
CNN’s Richard Quest takes viewers along as he chats with the crew and tests his sleep strategy.
The airport change will enable the airline to “better accommodate a mix of passengers and cargo in the current working atmosphere,” Singapore Airlines announced in a statement.
As passenger numbers decline, the airline “anticipates significant demand for cargo,” including “pharmaceutical, e-commerce and technology companies.”
It is uncertain how many regular passengers will book. Visitors are currently prohibited from entering Singapore, except for permanent residents, visa holders or travelers from countries that qualify for an Air Travel Pass (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, New Zealand and Vietnam). Some provinces in China, as well as Malaysia, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, may travel to work if sponsored by a Singaporean company.
The flight is operated three times a week with an Airbus A350-900 with 187 economy seats as well as 24 premium economy and 42 business class flights.
A slow recovery
Singapore Airlines has continued its nonstop flights from Changi Airport to Los Angeles throughout the pandemic. The airline pledged to “further review its US operations and assess the growing demand for air travel amid the ongoing recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, before deciding to resume connections with other parts of the country.”
Flights from Singapore to JFK take 18 hours and 5 minutes, while flights from JFK to Singapore take 18 hours and 40 minutes due to headwinds. On this route, passengers will arrive two days after their departure thanks to the 10:30 p.m. departure and 6:10 a.m. arrival time.
The crew wear goggles, gloves and masks, and passengers must wear masks without eating or drinking.