If you're going to be sitting for 19 hours on the longest flight in the world, be glad that Singapore Airlines is putting a lot of effort into the design of its seats. (Photo: iStock)
If you're going to be sitting for 19 hours on the longest flight in the world, be glad that Singapore Airlines is putting a lot of effort into the design of its seats.
The non-stop flight from Singapore to Newark in the US's New Jersey will be getting a custom Airbus A350-900 specifically designed for ultra long range flying, and the seat manufacturer is cutting no corners when it comes to making sure your tushy survives the flight.
According to CNN, the flight will only have two cabin options - business class and premium economy - and apparently the latter's seats are almost as good as the former's.
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All seats will come with a calf and foot rest giving your legs a break, three power points to make sure all your devices' batteries survive the trip and the best in TV entertainment to make those 19 hours fly past.
And if you're worried about the dreaded reclining space-stealer, the seats have way more legroom than your average plane, making reclining drama a non-issue. The recline's design has also changed, opting for a 'cradle' motion that moves more with your spine rather than just tilting backwards.
"Singapore Airlines evaluated the recline and asked to consider a different type of motion - a cradle motion - where the bottom moves down and forward with the back recline," says Bob Funk, head of sales and marketing for Zodiac Seats US, to CNN.
"With a traditional recline, you basically hit the button and [the seat] goes back and the bottom doesn't move much.
"The cradle, on the other hand, balances forces, distributes your weight, and lets your upper body relax while at the same time managing the pressure on the seat pan a lot better. It creates comfort that's really beneficial when you're going to be sitting there for a long period of time."
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There will also be six solo seats in the rear of the plane where no one else will be seated next to you, which sounds like a dream for many a traveller, although you may have to fork out some extra cash to book these.
Comfort trials are still to be tested on the new designs, after which Singapore Airlines will be doing their own test with staff by spending a night in them.
Along with the seats, premium economy will also have the option to order from Business Class and First Class-only menus, get noise-cancelling headphones and even champagne to help fight the fatigue.
The long-haul flight will restart on 11 October this year, after it was first suspended in 2013 due to a lack of demand. Tickets are already on sale, and aviation enthusiasts can expect to fork out around R26 100 for a premium economy round ticket and R72 420 for a business class round trip ticket, according to Skyscanner.
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