Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIAL.SI) said it would launch the world’s longest commercial flight in October, a near-19 hour non-stop journey from Singapore to the New York area.
The 8,277 nautical mile (15,329 kilometer) flight from Singapore to Newark, New Jersey with 161 business class and premium economy seats will eclipse the 7,843 nautical mile Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Auckland as the world’s longest, according to airline data provider OAG.
Airlines including Singapore Airlines, Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX) and U.S.-based United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N) are adding ultra-long haul flights that can capture an airfare premium of around 20 percent versus flights involving one or more stops.
Crystal River Cruises officially welcomed the Crystal Debussy to its fleet over the holiday weekend. The Crystal Debussy was christened in Amsterdam on Monday by Broadway star Rachel York.
The 106-guest Crystal Debussy embarked on its maiden voyage on the Rhine River on April 9. It is the sister ship to the Crystal Ravel, Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler. The Crystal river fleet totals five vessels, including the redesigned Crystal Mozart, which kicked off the launch of Crystal’s river cruise product in 2016.
Seattle’s iconic, space-age inspired Space Needle marks a milestone in its $100 million makeover this week, with the unveiling of the first batch of specially slanted clear glass benches on the outdoor Observation Deck at the 520-foot level.
The benches, dubbed “Skyrisers,” are attached to some of the viewing deck’s newly installed 11-foot-tall glass windows and invite visitors to lean back and snap selfies that will make them appear to be floating out over the landscape.
In a move that will make its Mileage Plan loyalty program more competitive with those of larger U.S. carriers, Alaska Airlines is now giving members the option of using their miles to book hotel stays.
Through a partnership with Rocketmiles, Alaska said, its Mileage Plus members can now use mileageplanhotels.com to book rooms at more than 400,000 properties worldwide.