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Flying The World’s Shortest Airbus A350 Flight – Just 30 Minutes Long!

There are over 40 flights per day between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur making it one of the busiest flight routes in the world. But one of these flights is very special – Singapore Airlines Flight SQ118. Why is this flight so special? Because it’s the world’s shortest A350 flight!

The A350 flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur takes 30-40 minutes depending on the actual route/weather and on December 8th when I flew the flight it was 39 minutes long. In that time the cabin crew was able to serve a full light dinner service and a round of drinks!

The Plane:

Singapore Airlines A350

Singapore Airlines A350

The Singapore Airlines A350-900 has 42 lie flat business class seats, 24 premium economy seats and 187 economy seats. I was lucky enough to be traveling in the business class cabin and the seats Singapore Airlines have on their A350’s are incredible, surprisingly the seats found on this flight are the same business class seats used on the world’s longest flight from Singapore to New York. 

The Business Class Seat:

Singapore Airlines A350-900 Business Class

Singapore Airlines A350-900 Business Class

At 28 inches wide, the Singapore Airlines A350-900 business class seat is one of the widest and most comfortable business class seats in the world. It was a real treat for the 39 minute flight. Was it necessary? No of course not – but this flight was by far one of the most comfortable flights I have done.

Singapore Airlines A350-900 Aisle Business Class Seats

Singapore Airlines A350-900 Aisle Business Class Seats

In the image below I was sat on the seat, and there was a good 10 inches of space still left, at a push you could probably fit 2 people on these business class seats, very wide indeed! There was 3 large storage compartments on the seat and a space to store your bag under the ottoman.

Singapore Airlines A350 Business Class Seat

Singapore Airlines A350 Business Class Seat

The Flight:

After a short taxi the flight took off from Singapore. For the first 15 minutes of the flight the seatbelt sign was switched on. Thunderstorms around Singapore are very common at this time of year so the climb was a little bumpy.

After 15 minutes the seat belt signs were switched off, then the cabin crew passed through the cabin very quickly offering either a sandwich or a wrap. I opted for the chicken sandwich, some water and a coffee:

Singapore Airlines Business Class Lunch

Singapore Airlines Business Class Lunch

The presentation wasn’t amazing for the meal. But with the cabin crew only having around 10 minutes to conduct service I was actually very surprised to even get food. A huge thumbs up to Singapore Airlines to provide food on such a short flight – just a drink would have been perfectly fine so a sandwich was great!

Singapore Airlines A350 Cabin

Singapore Airlines A350 Cabin

Flying on the Airbus A350 itself was a great experience, the cabin was large and with no overhead bins in the middle it felt very spacious.

After 10 minutes of service, the cabin crew quickly prepped the cabin for landing and after another 15 minutes we were on the ground in Kuala Lumpur. Overall the flight was a very good experience, and I would love to fly it again – it was almost too short.

Would you like to fly this route on the A350?

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