In a nod to its history, the non-stop Singapore-Newark New Jersey service reclaimed the same flight number that was used when SIA operated the route between and That particular service was axed when high fuel prices, among other factors, made it unsustainable. Oil prices are on the march again but, this time, SIA hopes to make it work with a more fuel-efficient aircraft - the Airbus ULR - which the Singapore carrier is the first to fly. SIA's two-class plane for SQ22 offers 67 seats in business class and 94 in premium economy for the hour flight. At Changi Airport Terminal 3 on Thursday, passengers started arriving from about 9pm for check-in.
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Capt Leong will take the stick for both take-off and landing. Got questions for him? The flight in a nutshell: There are 17 crew members, including four in the cockpit and 13 in the cabin.
The plane originally used for the Singapore—Newark route was an Airbus A It had 14 cabin crew and six flight deck officers, each working four-hour shifts. The flight required , litres of fuel, ten times the weight of the passengers. Critics said that while there would be reduced noise pollution due to a stop not being required, the non-stop flight would save little fuel due to the need to use more energy at the beginning of the flight to power its heavy load. The airline said that this route would save four hours off a one-stop service. However, medical experts expressed concerns regarding the hour flight, in which passengers would breathe recycled air with a greater chance of picking up viral infections such as flu and colds on board.