CBS Puts World’s Longest Flight Back in the Spotlight

Jan 6, 2019

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Frequent flyers and aviation enthusiasts are probably well aware that the world’s longest flight — Singapore 21, from Newark (EWR) to Changi Airport (SIN) — relaunched in October of last year. Those less tuned into the magical world of air travel, however, may not have had the faintest idea — until a special CBS segment aired on Sunday.

CBS viewers got to experience the nearly 19-hour Singapore Airlines journey during this morning’s five-minute network TV segment, detailing everything from the onboard seating configuration — including the lack of a “regular” economy class — to healthier meals designed specifically for this flight.

Reporter Kris Van Cleave and producer Christina Ruffini were both onboard the same Singapore 21 inaugural I covered for TPG back on October 12, 2018 — and worked their butts off the entire 18 or so hours to capture this episode for CBS — so I’ve been eagerly awaiting today’s airing.

While I’m not in any hurry to join the world’s longest flight again — 18 hours is an awfully long time to spend on a single aircraft, even with a private lie-flat seat in business class — it was certainly a thrill to relive the experience on TV.

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