Lisa Byers, General Manager of The Travel Authority Corporate & Resource in Fremantle, has just returned from The Big Apple, experiencing the world’s longest flight—Singapore to Newark—along the way.
“It was a remarkably painless journey considering its 18-hour duration”, reports Lisa.
Departing Perth aboard Singapore Airlines flight SQ214 (operated by a Boeing 777), Lisa transited through Singapore Changi Airport before boarding flight SQ22 to Newark.
SQ22 is operated by one of the airline’s new Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
“The A350 is a fabulous aircraft”, says Lisa.
Interestingly, as this aircraft operates on ultra-long routes, it boasts an all-premium layout, configured with 67 Business Class and 94 Premium Economy seats.
The 28 inch wide Business Class seats transform into a comfortable 78 inch long bed. That’s nearly two metres long, or six-foot-five in the old money.
“Departing Singapore a little before 1.00am, I slept a solid eight hours in SQ’s super-comfortable business class bed. Waking up, I had some refreshments, watched a movie, and we were just three hours from Newark. It was surreal—the world’s longest flight was over in no time”, adds Lisa.
We’re pleased to report that the Singapore Airlines crew delivered the warm welcome and level of service they’re famous for. Likewise, Lisa couldn’t fault the in-flight amenities, service, complimentary WiFi, the Business Class seat and fully flat bed.
“SQ came with the usual amazing service, product and friendly staff. Upon arrival into Newark Airport at 5.00am we breezed through customs in 10 minutes, tops—probably the easiest and most streamlined trip I’ve had in some time”, says Lisa.
And what about New York itself?
“New York at Christmas time and for New Year is not for the faint-hearted. We made our way there for a family holiday and it is the busiest week on the calendar for tourists, so you have to be prepared. Prepared to queue and wait everywhere you go as there are literally thousands of people at every intersection. But it is still the most amazing city to visit, and seems so much closer now with only one-stop from Perth”, says Lisa.
Her Top Tip?
Book your tickets to everything you want to see and do in New York before you leave home!
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