With enthusiasm and a bit of anxiety, 150 people today boarded to an Airbus, which took off from Singapore for a 19-hour marathon flight to New York.
A spokesman for Singapore Airlines announced that SQ22 flew 18.35, carrying 150 passengers and 17 crew. The Airbus A350-900 ULR will carry out the longest commercial flight without stopping, having two commanders and two co-drivers alternating in the cockpit.
The same applies to the remaining 13 crew members who will make four-hour breaks to rest, as the French Agency transmits. For passengers, the biggest problem is how they spend their time: they will have a rich menu, many movies, but they will also need a lot of patience.
“I’m a little worried, I wonder what I’m going to do for 18 hours and 30 minutes” on the plane, 52-year-old Peggy Ang, a computer company executive, admitted before boarding.
Those who do not prefer to read one or two books will be able to choose from movies and TV programs with a total length of 1,200 hours – a time equivalent to seven weeks. Other passengers, passionate about the ethers, have no problem with long-haul flight, such as Danny Ong, 50, who will return with the same plane to Singapore. “I love to fly!” He said.
To improve flight experience and reduce the stress that passengers will suffer for almost a whole day in the air, the company has raised the ceiling of the cabin and has raised the windows. Special lighting has also been installed, the aim of which is to limit the jet lag.
“Research shows that hydration and nutrition are important factors” on such trips, explained Reno Baler, a flight specialist. “We are mainly worried about cases of deep vein thrombosis” that can be caused by long-standing passengers and dehydration, said Gheel Kro, a consultant at Singapore’s National University Hospital.
Since the weather is smooth, the flight to Newark airport is estimated to last 18 hours and 45 minutes.