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SIN­GA­PORE» The world’s long­est di­rect com­mer­cial flight is back and tak­ing trav­el­ers from Sin­ga­pore to the New York re­gion.

Op­er­ated by Sin­ga­pore Air­lines, the city­state’s na­tional car­rier, the trip takes slightly un­der 19 hours. Skip­ping a stopover in Frank­furt will save hours of trav­el­ing time, the car­rier says.

The route be­tween Changi Air­port and Ne­wark Lib­erty International Air­port in New Jersey will be served three times a week; it started Thurs­day. A week later, the car­rier will of­fer daily flights, af­ter a se­cond Air­bus A350900ULR air­craft is de­liv­ered.

Sin­ga­pore Air­lines launched the record­break­ing route in 2004 but can­celed it nine years later be­cause of ris­ing fuel prices.

Camp­bell Wil­son, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of sales and mar­ket­ing, said the Air­bus A350­900ULR, which was de­liv­ered two weeks ago, con­sumes 25 per­cent less fuel than an older gen­er­a­tion air­craft of the same size. “It al­lows us to of­fer a ser­vice that elim­i­nates a trans­fer in the mid­dle, it saves peo­ple six hours, it gets peo­ple there in com­fort . ... We think it’s go­ing to be a good suc­cess,” Wil­son said.

The long flight won’t have any econ­omy seats. In­stead, it has 94 more­spa­cious pre­mium econ­omy and 67 busi­ness­class seats, which can fold out into beds.

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