Today - 28 June 2004, Singapore Airlines Limited - A Member of Star Alliance - inaugurated its world record breaking A340-500 non stop flight from Singapore Changi Airport to New York (Newark) Liberty Airport.
Flight SQ022 (full according to Rick Clements, Senior Vice President Public Affairs for the Airline, however with 13 SpaceBeds seemingly unfilled as of yesterday according to Singapore Airlines' reservations system), left Gate F52 at 1204 Singapore Time and took off at 1224.
At the gate, passengers indulged in champagne and a buffet and also received a polaroid to commemorate the occasion, along with a commemorative plaque. An apple was also given to each passenger. The boarding music was Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York."
“The flights will take an average of 18 hours in each direction and will save customers up to four hours in travel time as compared to our one-stop services. Today’s flight will travel even further but it will be in the comfort, style and high level of service that our A340-500 is now associated with," said Mr. Huang Cheng Eng - Executive Vice-President - Marketing and the Regions.