We flew on the longest flight in the world in both business class and premium economy to see how they compare — here's what we discovered

Singapore Airlines A350 premium economy

  • Singapore Airlines recently relaunched its non-stop service between New York and Singapore. 
  • The 10,000-mile flight that can last as long as 19 hours is the longest in the world.
  • Singapore Airlines is using a fleet of brand new Airbus A350-900 ULR airliner to make the flight.
  • The new fleet is fitted out with 161 seats in business class and premium economy. There are no economy sections on these aircraft.
  • Business Insider recently had the chance to experience the trip in both business class and premium economy to see how they compare.

In October, Singapore Airlines re-launched its non-stop service between New York and its homeland of Singapore. The 10,000-mile journey can last as long as 19 hours, making it the longest scheduled passenger flight in the world.

Singapore Airlines previously operated the route from 2004 to 2013 using the Airbus A340-500. While it has exceptional range and capability, the A340-500 was a relic of the 1990s, and the thirst of its four engines proved too uneconomical to sustain. Even a shift to an all-business-class layout couldn’t generate enough income to save the route.

To operate the ultra-long-distance flight, the airline ordered a fleet seven Airbus A350-900 Ultra Long Range or ULR.

The flight marked the operation debut of the ULR variant which one Singapore Airlines executive called the only aircraft capable of making the flight in an economically viable fashion.

The biggest difference between the standard A350-900 and the ULR is its range. Airbus managed to cram an additional 6,300 gallons of fuel into the plane’s tanks. The result is an increase in range from 9,300 miles to as much as 11,100 miles.

Each of the ULR aircraft is equipped with 161 seats divided in business and premium economy class. It’s one of the few scheduled commercial airline flights without an economy class cabin. 

In addition to New York/Newark, Singapore is also using its fleet of ULRs to launch non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles as well as San Franciso.

Business Insider recently had the chance to experience the flight both in business and premium economy. Here’s how the two stack up. 

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The new Airbus A350-900 ULR awaits.

Here’s a better view of the jet.

Let’s get on the plane.

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Source: Business insider

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