VIDEO: World’s Longest Flight Features 19-Hour Trip From New York To Singapore
By CBS News // January 9, 2019
9,500-mile trek from New York to Singapore
ABOVE VIDEO: Are you up for the longest flight in the world?
(CBS NEWS) – His friends ask Duane Brown if he is nuts. What he is, is an aviation fanatic, who recently – with the mentality of a marathon runner – elbowed his way to the starting line, along with 160 other passengers, for the latest launch of the world’s longest flight: New York to Singapore, a more than 9,500-mile trek connecting two of the world’s financial capitals in a mere 19 or so hours.
Fellow passenger Liz Cicco said, “My longest flight has been 13 hours, so this will be interesting.”
For Cicco and Donna Scarola, time is money. They’re racing to get to a business meeting, and they’re willing to pay about four grand one way to shave six hours off their trip.
“It makes a huge difference, because we’re able to get down on the ground earlier than we would have had we taken a non-direct flight,” Scarola said.
They enter a specially-designed Airbus A350, made from a composite material and carried by two engines. Singapore Airlines says it’s up to 30 percent more efficient than the plane it’s replacing, and can stay in the air for more than 20 hours.
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