Singapore Airlines has announced to operate the world’s longest passenger flight to the destination, New York on November 9, 2020. Its flight 24 is set to land at JFK Airport after a duration of 18 hours and five minutes in the air, covering over 9,500 miles between the two destinations.
The direct route will run north from Singapore, over Cambodia, Chengdu of China, Siberia and the other half of the journey crossing Greenland and Iqaluit in Baffin Island, where a diversion airport is located for long-haul flights.
The regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir announced to resume passenger flights to Maldives starting December 2020. However, Singapore Airlines have yet to include the destination in its 2020 flight schedule.
Executive vice-president commercial for Singapore Airlines, Lee Lik Hsin said: “Nonstop ultra-long services are the bedrock of our services to the key US market. Despite the challenging times for the airline industry, there are some early signs of optimism about a recovery in air travel. Our customers say that they are increasingly confident about air travel. We will continue to ramp up existing services and reinstate other points as the demand for both passenger and cargo services return.”
According to the latest research data from International Air Transport Association (IATA), passenger demand in the Asia Pacific has plummeted, over 60 percent compared to 2019. IATA has further called for governments to provide the necessary financial support to revive the hard-hit industry.
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