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Surprise Meet-up On Board the World’s Longest Flight

When Singapore Airlines discontinues their ultra long-haul (ULH) flights between Singapore (SIN) and Newark (EWR) and Los Angeles (LAX), it will mark the end of an era of ULH flights flown with the Airbus A340-500 (A345).

Having never flown on the A345, I wanted to log that aircraft and experience it as it was originally designed, on an ULH flight.  As luck would have it, I had personal business in Asia in October, giving me an excuse to be on that side of the world.  I decided to fly on flight SQ22 from SIN to EWR.  With a block time of 18 hours 55 minutes, SQ22 has the distinction of being the longest non-stop flight in the world based on scheduled time.

Singapore Airlines has their A345s in an 100-seat all-Business Class configuration.  Unfortunately, the airline does not make Star Alliance mileage award seats available on these flights, which meant that I had to pay in order to fly.  Flying one-way from SIN to EWR costs around USD $4,700, certainly not cheap.  While doing my rese…