This Is the Longest (and Most Luxurious) Flight in the World
We bet you can count on exactly zero hands the number of times you’ve actually looked forward to a flight. Trying to find a semi-comfortable position that doesn’t cause your legs to fall asleep, making sure you have all your essentials within arm’s reach, snacking on peanuts (if you’re lucky), and engaging in hours-long armrest battles with your seatmates — these are hardly enjoyable in-flight experiences. But it turns out, air travel can be better; you’ve just been taking the wrong airline.
Singapore Airlines was recently named Skytrax’s World’s Best Airline in 2018. This award is basically the aviation industry’s version of the Oscars and the world’s largest passenger satisfaction survey (over 20 million travelers cast their votes). The airline came out on top partially for its first-class service, which includes private suites you can book for certain routes. The latest version of luxurious suites were introduced last year and have leather chairs, a separate bed, an enhanced entertainment system, a vanity area, fine dining and, best of all, sliding doors to provide some personal space and privacy. It’s probably the closest thing to flying private, and you don’t even need to have your own jet.
The other classes are nothing to shake your head at. And starting in October, Singapore Airlines is launching service between New York (Newark) and Singapore on the brand new ultra-long range Airbus A350. The route will be the world’s longest commercial flight, clocking in at almost 19 non-stop hours. Every detail in comfort has been accounted for: wide HD screens, LED mood lighting to reduce jet lag, advanced A/C for optimized temperature control, air filtration to prevent stale air, and extra-quiet cabins (because no one likes an overly chatty neighbor). You’re guaranteed long-haul relaxation as the only seat options are business and premium economy. Business class has lie-flat seats, while premium economy still has wide seats, adjustable footrests, and USB ports. The airline also just announced they will be partnering with Canyon Ranch, a wellness brand, to develop science-based recommendations to help passengers rest easy on the long flight. This includes menus focused on hydration and nutrition, sleep strategies for all cabins, and stretching exercises via the entertainment system.
All of this is on top of Singapore Airlines’ already impressive list of amenities: restaurant-quality dining options created by an International Culinary Panel of chefs (think Alfred Portale of New York’s Gotham restaurant and Suzanne Goin of Los Angeles’ AOC), a curated wine selection, and renowned service that will make every passenger feel like a VIP. Goodbye jet lag, hello luxury travel. Singapore Airlines will change your opinion about flying for the better, but beware: You’ll be forever spoiled.
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(Photo via Singapore Airlines; featured photo via Getty)
Lesley Chen is a California native who writes about travel, health/fitness, and other lifestyle topics. She has a serious case of RBF and exercises mainly to balance out an aggressive candy addiction.