SINGAPORE AIRLINES has unveiled the ultra long-range Airbus 340-500. SIA's A340-500 will offer the longest non-stop commercial service in the world with its first flight from Singapore to Los Angeles in February 2004. The SIA service to Los Angeles will take 16 hours, and the return service from Los Angeles about 18.5 hours. This is a saving of one and a half to two hours over SIA's current one-stop flights. Services to New York are to follow in August 2004. The aircraft will feature just 181 seats in a spacious two-class configuration comprising Raffles (business) Class and a new Executive Economy Class in a 2-3-2 configuration, with a seat pitch of 37" and a seat-back incline of 8". Raffles is configured as a 2-2-2 flat bed with a seat pitch of 64". SIA placed its order for 10 A340-500 in 1998 with five on firm order and five on option, all powered by four Rolls-Royce Trent 553 engines. As of 26 October 2003 SIA's operating fleet comprises of 51 B777s and 27 B747s, a total of 78 aircraft. Our photo shows the snacks cabinet which you will surely need whatever class you are flying in.