During the hand over of the first 787-10 on Sunday, Singapore Airlines let slip that it’s order for 7 A359ULR’s might be insufficient. It certainly didn’t mince words when a senior spokesmen said a third ULR destination – above the LAX and JFK routes – was on the immediate cards once the aircraft were delivered, and suggested more aircraft would open more opportunities.
The routes were abandoned in 2014, 19 hours in an A340-500 with all-business class seating simply wasn’t economically viable. Some of the last flights carried barely 30 passengers.
The newly resumed routes will feature heavily modified lighting, rearranged meal times, lighter food, and various in-flight enhancements to help passengers through 19-20 hours of flying.
Not least, crew rest areas and facilities will also need to be much more comprehensive than on shorter long haul flights.
Either way, the real dawn of the Ultra Long Haul Flight seems to be upon us- and it’s a growing trend.