The longest non-stop route flies from Newark, NJ to Singapore operated by Singapore airlines in an all business class seating. I know some aviation geeks flew this flight because of bragging rights to say they flew the longest non-stop commercial route. So I guess I wanted to do the same before it goes away in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Before this flight, New York to Hong Kong was the longest flight I’ve never flown and I thought that went smooth especially sitting in business class. So I decided to try the grand daddy of long haul flights.
The aircraft operating the route is an Airbus A340-500 in a 1-2-1 seating configuration. Typically, business class is at the front of the bus. With the all business class seating, I thought it would be different to sit in a business class seat at the back of the bus. So I ultimately decided on seat 36K, which is starboard side window seat.
The flight departed out of Terminal B in EWR. I was granted access to the small SAS airline lounge as business class passenger. The lounge itself isn’t huge or has anything great to write about. I felt it was crowded, in fact, it was so crowded that it much cooler in the terminal area itself. Nonetheless, I was eager to use the complimentary wifi to setup my newly purchased Mac Book Air to replace the stolen laptop.
Despite the late departure, there was a meal service right after take off. I was hungry since my train from New Haven to EWR airport was delayed right outside of Penn Station(BTW, redemptions using Chase Ultimate Rewards points on Amtrak for a northeast redemption is a great value, 4k points, no capacity controls) and I didn’t have a chance to eat anything.
The starter consisted of the couscous-sundried tomato salad with marinated lobster.
As for the main course, I went with the Green Curry Chicken. Sorry I didn’t take a picture of the meal.
Even before the flight, I was tired, but managed to stay up for the meal service. I turned down dessert and ask for my bed to be made.
Fast forward 10 hours.
I slept for a solid 10 hours undisturbed and there was still a better part of 8 hours of flying to do, which is still a lot of flying.
When I woke up, I found myself hungry. I thought to myself there has to be another meal service, but when? I asked the flight attendant and explained breakfast would be served an hour before we land, but if I was still hungry, I could choose from some of the other snack options.
I chose the braised noodles with beef and a Donut from Dunkin Donuts. Yes, Dunkin Donuts! You can’t find Dunkin Donuts West of the Mississippi, but you can find them 35,000 feet in the air on your way to Singapore!
As I was finishing the noodles, the flight attendant came to my seat with the box of donuts for me to choose. I went with a simple chocolate donut, which made up for the dessert I skipped out on earlier.
I browsed the in-flight entertainment system to see if anything caught my attention. I found something to occupy my time with along with writing this post.
A little more than an hour before landing, the flight attendant took my breakfast order. Breakfast was served uneventfully.
We landed around 5:30am local time in Changi Airport. The sun was starting to come up and the sky was showing some haze. I didn’t think much of it because Singapore is generally humid especially in the summer months.
It wasn’t until I contacted my buddy local to Singapore about going to Crossfit. He’s a work out everyday kind of guy and decided to sit this day out because of the smoke. I didn’t know what he meant by smoke until he said that haze in Singapore was smoke from a forest fire in Indonesia. I was a bit bummed about missing out on crossfit so I had to suffice with the hotel fitness center.