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long­est com­mer­cial flight on Oc­to­ber 11, 2018, with a non-stop ser­vice from Sin­ga­pore to New York’s Ne­wark Lib­erty In­ter­na­tional air­port.

The mam­moth jour­ney will cover a dis­tance of roughly 16,700km (9,000 nau­ti­cal miles) and take up to 18 hours and 45 min­utes, sur­pass­ing Qatar Air­ways’ 17-and-a-half-hour ser­vice (14,535km) from Doha to Auck­land – the cur­rent ti­tle holder. The flights will be op­er­ated by the new Air­bus A350-900ULR (ul­tra-long range), of which Sin­ga­pore is the launch cus­tomer, with the first air­craft due to be de­liv­ered in Septem­ber.

The 161-seat air­craft has two classes: 94 premium econ­omy seats and 67 busi­ness class seats. The air­line last served the route in 2013 but dropped it be­cause the A340-500s op­er­at­ing at the time proved eco­nom­i­cally un­vi­able.

The route will ini­tially op­er­ate three times a week, de­part­ing Sin­ga­pore on Mon­day, Thurs­day and Satur­day. Daily op­er­a­tions will com­mence from Oc­to­ber 18 af­ter an ad­di­tional A350-900ULR air­craft en­ters ser­vice.

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