Travelling is one of the most exciting activities, especially if it’s by air. There’s just this amazing feeling that comes with whooshing through the air in the comfort of your cabin and getting to your destination with as less hassle as possible. In recent years, technology has made travelling super convenient and even better, travelling long distances just got easier.
International carriers are now launching ultra-long-distance routes, making it easier and more efficient for travellers to reach distant destinations. Of course, flying at 35,000 feet for a considerable part of the day can take a toll on the body but not with the newly launched Singapore Airlines’ long-haul flight.
Covering 9,521 miles, the Singapore Airline’s newly launched long-haul flights, between Singapore and JFK Airport in New York, breaks the long-standing record held by Qatar Airways’ Doha–Auckland service and Qantas’s Perth–London service, both of which cover just 9,000 miles.
The flight is scheduled at three times per week, starting on October 28. The SQ22 will cover the 9,000-mile distance from Singapore to John F. Kennedy airport, New York. That’s a whopping 19-hour flight! This could certainly scare travellers who would consider the health risks involved with travelling such distance.
Fortunately, Singapore Airlines has put in place certain measures to help make the flight bearable.
These measures are:
Comfortable Seat Arrangement
There are no economy and first-class seats. The Singapore Airlines’ cabins are configured with 94 premium economy seats and 67 business class seats. Each seat in the business class can recline to six-and-a-half feet fully lie-flat beds, while those in the premium economy cabin are arranged in a 2-4-2 formation in a single row. The individual entertainment screens range from 18 inches for business class to 13.3 inches for premium economy. Also available are in-seat power and USB ports for charging for both cabins.
Adjustable Cabin Temperature
The planes have eight temperature zones and lighting that are adjustable and help to mitigate jet lag. Even better, the cabins are reputed as the quietest, so you are assured of some good rest and sleep.
The planes also simulate a lower altitude of 6,000 feet to make you feel less fatigued once you land. Cabin humidity is also increased to handle dry mouth, eyes, and nose. There are also personal strategies suggested by travel-experts that you can adopt to keep you feeling healthy and energized even when you step off the plane (especially a 19hour flight).
Use a good noise-cancelling headset. Although you may not need this in the A350-900 ULR aircraft as it is reputed as having one of the most quiet cabins in the world.
Drink Lots of Water
Always stay hydrate by occasionally drinking at least a glass of water. Fortunately, the humidity of this aircraft is designed to avoid giving you dry nose, eyes or mouths.
19 hours is a long time to be in the air and it can get pretty uncomfortable sitting on one spot for the length of that period. This is why travel experts advise you to exercise from time to time to keep the blood flowing.
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