The most popular seat numbers you need to know for long-haul flights

There are many things to consider when choosing your seat before a flight. Do you want an aisle seat or a window seat (let’s be honest, no one wants the middle)? Do you want to be at the front of the plane or the back of the plane? Do you want to sit on the exit row for extra legroom or do you not want the responsibility of opening the door in case of an emergency? In some cases, the seat number you choose depends on who you are flying with and how long the flight will take.

For instance, on Singapore Airlines’ long-haul Singapore to New York City route – the longest flight in the world, lasting around 18 hours and 30 minutes – there are six seats that will always sell out first. 

Singapore Airlines: best seats for long-haul flights
Singapore Airlines operate the longest flight in the world between Singapore to New York City © Singapore Airlines

The best seats on a long-haul Singapore Airlines flight

Singapore Airlines uses the Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range), for its long-haul flights. The 161-seat jet only features business class and premium economy class. Although every seat is classed as a premium seat, some are more comfortable than others – particularly the solo seats with no neighbours in the last rows of the cabin, 40, 41 and 42.

These six solo seats sell out faster than any others, according to a Singapore Airlines spokesperson. Likely because passengers won’t have to fight over the armrest or climb over other passengers to go to the bathroom.

Singapore Airlines: best seats for long-haul flights
Singapore Airlines revealed that their Premium Economy solo seats sellout first. © Singapore Airlines

Travellers seated in these single-seat rows get the best of both worlds: a window seat and an aisle seat. They even have their own storage bin by the side of the seat, meaning passengers don’t have to share the overhead compartment. However, this extra comfort doesn’t come for free. It costs around A$156 extra for these seats. If it’s just extra legroom that you’re after, the exit-row seats are still the best for this.

Want to know where the safest seat on the plane is, or which seat is best for sleeping?
Read our guide to Choosing the best seats on a plane here.

Singapore Airlines: best seats for long-haul flights
Singapore Airlines A350-900ULR © Singapore Airlines

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