World’s longest flight live updates: The final leg

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Editor’s Note — CNN’s Richard Quest is live reporting from the world’s longest nonstop flight from Singapore to New York on October 11-12. Keep checking this story for updates and comply with CNN Travel on Twitter.

On board flight SQ22 (CNN) — I am on board Singapore Airlines’ record-breaking inaugural world’s longest passenger flight from Singapore to New York.

For the length of this thrilling 19-hour, 16,700 kilometer journey into the historical past books, I will be live reporting my experiences and people of my fellow passengers.

Below is my newest replace.

Read additional to search out out what’s occurred thus far. Check again in for normal updates.

Hour 13-14:

Snarfed down my meal. We are 5 hours from New York.

I’m going to attempt to get a bit extra sleep.

I’m on “Quest Means Business” on Friday.

I will be toast!

“Heading into the night. When we next see sunrise we’ll have arrived in New York.”

Richard Quest

Hour 12:

Six hours to go and so they have began serving the primary meal in enterprise class. Gotta say, I’m discovering their timings on meals unusual.

They’ve woken the cabin to serve this. So when dinner is over, do you continue to need to sleep?

I would have thought they’d do it nearer to touchdown.

The main meal is served. (And it's far too early, if you ask Richard.)

The foremost meal is served. (And it’s miles too early, for those who ask Richard.)

Richard Quest

On Qantas’ Perth-London flight, the primary meal was served Three-Four hours into the flight so individuals would sleep later and have a late meal earlier than touchdown.

Their timings appeared to make extra sense than the Singapore Airlines model.

The meals and beverage supervisor of the world’s longest flight tells CNN’s Richard Quest how the crew determined the meal schedule.

Richard Neo, the meals and beverage supervisor, defined that they performed round with the meal timings on the SIN/SFO route, which is simply barely shorter.

Passenger choice was for a meal about eight hours after the primary.

I assume the distinction with Qantas is that they serve the primary meal later, thus pushing all the pieces else later.

Interesting. I nonetheless assume the Singapore Airlines method results in much less sleeping time.

For the main meal, Richard went with the chicken.

For the primary meal, Richard went with the hen.

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We have simply handed over Anchorage, Alaska and there is a crying child in enterprise class.

Poor factor has been so good thus far. And the mom doing her finest to appease.

Ah properly.

Any enterprise traveler will know we turn out to be obsessed by sleep on the street. The outdated adage is true: “Eat, sleep and pee when you can, not when you want to — you never know when you’ll get another chance!”

Hour 11:

Hennie Chin, lead stewardess on the world’s longest flight, explains to CNN’s Richard Quest what units the cabin of the Airbus A350-900ULR other than different plane.

So, the cabin crew. There are 13 of them on board.

If the flight is underneath 19 hours, they get 4 hours relaxation. If it is over 19 hours then they’re entitled to 5 hours relaxation which is taken in chunks of time they agree between themselves.

The cabin crew have bunk beds up within the roof area in the back of the airplane. Yup.

There are sleeping in very comfy beds above the passengers.

(Many airways have explored opening that area up for passenger beds.)

Flight attendant Hennie Chin used to fly on the outdated A340-500 flight to New York. She instructed me preparation is the the key to working this lengthy, lengthy flight.

Get plenty of relaxation beforehand, train and stretch.

Richard and flight attendant Hennie Chin.

Richard and flight attendant Hennie Chin.

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This flight is twin-class enterprise and premium economic system. Premium economic system is setup a 2-Four-Three configuration.

Let me present you round.

This seat has been on Singapore Airlines planes since 2013. Currently it is on the A350 and 777-300ER. (The A380 has a special seat.)

Richard's seat on Singapore Airlines' new A350-900ULR.

Richard’s seat on Singapore Airlines’ new A350-900ULR.

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Lots of nice space for storing for “things” that all the time get misplaced:

Plenty of storage space.

Plenty of space for storing.

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The chair does not slide out to make the mattress. Instead you pull down the again of the chair and it makes a mattress mattress:

Pull down the back to make the bed.

Pull down the again to make the mattress.

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BUT when it is time to sleep, weirdly you lie at an angle:

Richard tries out his seat's odd-shaped bed.

Richard tries out his seat’s odd-shaped mattress.

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Hour 10:

I’ve a confession. I’m having fun with this.

We are simply over midway there, about 7.5 hours from New York.

This is the a part of the journey the place I’ve eaten, watched a film, slept, talked and walked.

Slept a bit extra — and I nonetheless have the equal of crossing the Atlantic to do!

We are on prime of the world, passing Russia off to the west and heading in direction of Alaska crossing essentially the most northern a part of the Pacific.

People are waking up, there will probably be a meal service in an hour or so.

Hour Eight-9:

In about three hours, they will be serving meal quantity two. Seems like now is an effective time to get some sleep!

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A pre-sleep deal with on board.

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Oh sure — a pleasant cup of sizzling chocolate and a biscuit earlier than bedtime.

Hour 7:

CNN’s Richard Quest says there are lots of and lots of and lots of of films to select from on the world’s longest flight.

I am refreshed from my 20-minute nap. I’m going to do my foremost sleep at hour 9, so now it is time to watch a film. KrisWorld [Singapore Air’s inflight entertainment] has greater than a thousand films.

I’m a kind of unhappy individuals who has seen all the flicks — on planes. Boy, wasn’t “Dunkirk” good on a 14-inch display screen?

Airlines like Singapore Air put big sources into their in-flight video. It’s much more essential on an extremely lengthy flight.

krisworld singapore air inflight

Richard browses the in-flight leisure choices.

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More US carriers are encouraging passengers to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and hook up with the on-board server to look at blockbusters.

As one CEO instructed me, “our passengers have modern screens they change every few years… all I have to do is provide the content!”

My downside is, normally nothing is what I need to watch. So I find yourself binging on “Downton” or “The Crown.” Again.

Not tonight, although! I’m going to look at “Ocean’s 8.”

P.S. Has anybody ever understood what is going on in a Bourne film?

Hour 5-6:

So, now, the massive query — when to sleep?

We have 12 hours nonetheless to run and we are actually scheduled to land at 5:12 AM EST. I all the time attempt to set my watch and mentality to the time zone the place I’m headed.

I ought to actually attempt to not sleep for one more three hours a minimum of. That will not be straightforward — I have not been to sleep but, and it is actually 5 AM for me. Can I keep awake one other three hours? I need to!

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The airplane in whole darkness.

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Everyone round me is asleep. They’ll get up in a number of hours with six hours nonetheless to go and can land in NY exhausted.

If — IF — I can begin my sleep in two or three hours, I can get a great six hours’ relaxation.

Richard Quest demonstrates anti-jetlag spectacles

Richard Quest demonstrates anti-jetlag spectacles

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I’ve battled jet lag cures for years. As this article shows, one of the best you are able to do is mitigate the impact.
singapore air teddy bear

This teddy is right here to maintain us firm.

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A mild snooze as we go Tokyo. Pretty certain Teddy and I are the one ones nonetheless awake on this airplane … and hopefully one of many 4 pilots!

Hour Three-Four:

The meals and beverage supervisor of the world’s longest flight tells CNN’s Richard Quest how the crew determined the meal schedule.

It’s meals time. It’ll come as no shock that there is loads of it. The plane is full of meals and drinks.

Singapore Airlines dinner

Beef or fish or dumplings? Or, for those who’re Quest, all three.

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The first meal in enterprise is named “after take off.” It’s a two course meal served on airline trays.

Singapore Airlines dinner

Singapore Airlines FLight SQ22’s enterprise class dinner menu.

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I attempted all the primary programs:

Dinner options on board Singapore Airlines flight SQ22

The good: Lobster dumplings.

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Steamed Lobster dumplings in superior soup. The soup was certainly superior and the dumplings very tasty. A sensible choice.

Dinner options on board Singapore Airlines flight SQ22

The unusual: Pan-seared snapper.

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The snapper was a bit dry and the mixtures appeared bizarre.

Beef with noodles

The actually good: Beef with noodles.

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Beef Hor Fun. Chinese fashion wok-fried rice noodles with beef and gravy. This was the winner — very tasty.

Singapore Airlines’ supervisor for meals and drinks, Richard Neo, is on board the flight.

He instructed me the airline has plenty of expertise in working extremely lengthy vary flights. I do know from my experiences recording CNN’s Business Traveller present, the difficult bit is making meals that holds its taste after being fast chilled after cooking.

More than 500 meals will probably be served on this flight to the 161 passengers. The subsequent feeding will probably be in about 5 hours. (There are noodles and a great deal of snacks, God forbid I get peckish within the meantime.)

Next replace shortly, however you may as well try my Instagram feed @questinny

Hour 2:

Let’s discuss concerning the navigation and the route this flight takes.

Singapore and New York are on reverse sides of the world. Today we’re taking the NOPAC North Pacific route, which sends us up over the South China Sea, passing China and Russia.

We’ll crossing the northern Pacific — the place it turns into the Bering Sea — earlier than making landfall over Alaska, northern Canada and into New York.

There are additionally 4 Polar routes that may be taken — primarily between May and August.

The route that crosses the Atlantic is simply used for the return leg from Newark due to the sturdy headwinds the outbound would face.

The route we take is finally decided by the wind’s energy and course. Also the supply of altitude and tracks throughout the oceans.

Hence tonight we’re taking the NOPAC route, to the east of the North Pole.

Next replace: FOOD! Lots to eat on board.

Hour 1:

The captain of the world’s longest flight, SL Leong, tells CNN’s Richard Quest simply how a lot runway the flight used on takeoff and the way issues are going thus far.

I’ve simply had a dialog with the commander in control of the flight, Captain S L Leong. He’s been telling me how the flight crew manages to pilot a airplane for greater than 18 hours.

There are two groups, every with a captain and first officer, that share the flying.

The first group handles take off, then rests for as much as 5 hours whereas the second group flies the airplane.

Then they alter once more for 3 hours — one group flying and the opposite sleeping.

The unique captain then lands the airplane.

Managing crew relaxation is without doubt one of the nice challenges with these extremely lengthy haul flights.

The captain instructed me the plane weighed 272 metric tons on takeoff, simply eight shy of its 280 ton most take off weight.

We had 101 tons of gas on board at take off. The captain expects to burn about seven tons an hour within the early a part of the flight (we’re carrying gas simply to hold the remainder of the gas)

Because of very sturdy tail winds, this inaugural flight will take round 17 hours and 25 minutes. Of course meaning the return flight to Singapore will face sturdy head winds and that flight might take as much as 19 hours.

Flight tracker

Singapore Airlines’ inflight tracker reveals climate situations en route.

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Take off:

We’re within the air, pushing again from the gate bang on time at 11.35 p.m. Singapore time and taking off 25 minutes later. Ahead of us lies practically 19 hours of nonstop flying time.

The takeoff was extraordinarily easy regardless of the wet night in Singapore. The brand-new Airbus A350-900ULR’s twin Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, which might generate as much as 97,000 kilos of thrust, labored completely.

I’ve already slipped into one thing extra comfy.

Richard Quest on board world's longest flight

What to put on within the air — for those who’re Richard Quest.

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So I plan to weblog every hour by way of the flight — apart from a four-hour hole once we are in Wi-Fi blackout. Next replace will probably be on the prime of the hour after I’ll give route and plane particulars. See you then.

An hour earlier than take off:

We’ve boarded the flight through gate Eight at Changi.

There’s one thing thrilling a couple of new flight. A unique vacation spot, a brand new expertise.

Even extra so when it is the longest flight on this planet. Singapore to New York… and the journey begins proper now.

Singapore Airlines cabin crew

The welcoming committee as we put together to enter the model new Airbus A350-900ULR.

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The story earlier than boarding:

Spending practically 19 hours cooped up in an airplane might sound nightmarish to some, however when Singapore Airlines flight SQ22 takes off from its residence airport certain for New York, it should be a dream for others.

The record-breaking flight, involving a brand-new Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range), will usher in a brand new period for air passengers and make the world simply that bit smaller because it turns into the world’s longest scheduled nonstop service.

For aviation fanatics like myself, it hardly ever will get extra thrilling.

I am fortunate sufficient to have a ticket for this inaugural flight and I will be live-reporting my experiences as we depart from Singapore’s Changi Airport, then fly northeast in direction of Alaska earlier than touchdown in Newark Liberty International Airport, simply outdoors of New York.

Take off is scheduled ftor 11:35 p.m. Singapore time (11:35 a.m. in New York, Four:35 p.m. in London) on Thursday October 11 and, all being properly, we’ll be wheels-down on the opposite aspect of the planet the next day, Friday at 6 a.m. in New York (11:00 a.m. in London, 6 p.m. Singapore).

But what’s going to or not it’s wish to spend greater than 18 hours within the air? How does the human physique cope? How do the cabin crew cope? How do the airplane’s loos cope?

I will be charting my observations — good and unhealthy — and people of my 160 fellow passengers as we make aviation historical past.

Keep checking this story for live updates as we journey the 16,700 kilometers (10,376 miles) to our vacation spot.

In the meantime, you possibly can learn extra concerning the super-efficient plane we’ll be flying, and the journey we’ll be taking, here.

But first, a number of phrases on what precisely is supposed by the world’s longest flight.

It appears really easy, nevertheless it is not.

There are varied methods to outline it, with pedants arguing for hours over what it means.

Of course there’s the space flown. Then there’s the length of the flight. Sometimes sturdy head winds can imply a shorter distance takes longer and vice versa.

However, we’re normally secure saying the longest flights are measured when the airplane is flying the Great Circle Route: the shortest distance between two factors on the globe.

For occasion: flying from New York to London, the airplane does not go straight out over the ocean as a result of that will imply flying on the wider a part of the Earth’s circumference.

Rather, the airplane heads north, making an arc previous Canada, Greenland and Iceland, and down throughout Ireland into London.

With that in thoughts, these are the generally accepted world’s longest flights:

Singapore to New York

Previously operated by Singapore Airlines utilizing an Airbus A340-500, this flight took 18 hours to get to Newark.

It ended up being an all-business class flight. The A340-500 is a four-engine, heavy and thirsty plane. When gas costs rose to greater than $100 per barrel, this flight stopped being worthwhile. (Remember: the longer the flight, the extra gas turns into a proportion of the fee!)

By 2013 Singapore Airlines took benefit of an settlement at hand again the planes to Airbus, thereby ending the route.

Now, 5 years later, outfitted with the extra fuel-efficient A350-900 Ultra Long Haul, the airline can as soon as once more fly direct from Singapore to New York and earn a living.

From October 11, hands-down this will probably be, with out controversy, the longest often scheduled nonstop industrial flight on this planet.

Perth to London

Since 1947, the journey from Australia to London has been generally known as The Kangaroo Route. Back then, a number of hops have been concerned — Sydney, Darwin, Singapore, Calcutta, Karachi, Cairo, Castel Benito, Rome, London — and took some 4 days to finish.

And that was thought-about speedy.

This 12 months Qantas did the run multi functional lengthy hop, when a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner made the journey in simply over 17 hours.

There have been different plane able to this distance, just like the Boeing 777-200LR, Airbus A380 and A340-500, however they’re heavier planes with extra seats than required. It would have been tough to earn a living on this “long thin route.”

Other flights within the prime 10

Qantas’ Sydney-Dallas utilizing the A380, Qatar’s Doha-Auckland, Emirates’ Dubai-Auckland, United Airlines working San Francisco-Singapore with a 787-9.

The return of Singapore-New York will put an finish to all of the rivalry, a minimum of for the second.

By connecting these two industrial facilities on reverse sides of the world, the flight might be the final long-distance route an airline can conceive to run and stay commercially viable.

Until Qantas’ Project Sunrise involves fruition.

The Aussie provider has tasked each Airbus and Boeing to develop long-range plane able to flying 17,000 kilometers nonstop from Sydney to London. Qantas hopes to order the revamped planes by 2019 with flights starting in 2022.

That journey, if it occurs, will clock in at round 20 hours, incomes world’s longest honors.

The REAL longest flight

Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner

Boeing’s 777-200LR Worldliner full’s its record-breaking flight in 2005.

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Oh, did I say that these have been the longest flights?

Because the precise longest flight, based on Guinness World Records, was a 22-hour and 42-minute flight in 2005, from Hong Kong to London.

Boeing was demonstrating the capabilities of its 777-200LR — nicknamed the Worldliner — so the flight went the good distance spherical.

I used to be certainly one of solely 30 passengers on board — Boeing was required to have some paying passengers to satisfy the factors for beating the document.

During the practically day-long journey, we performed video games, exercised, chatted with the eight pilots on board and slept on mattresses laid out on the again the place the seats had been eliminated.

The flight took off from Hong Kong, crossed the Pacific, making landfall round Los Angeles.

From there, we flew throughout the United States, crossing over New York’s JFK Airport earlier than heading out over the Atlantic and touchdown in London to a water-cannon salute.

Now THAT was an extended flight.



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