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Singapore Air revives world's longest flight with fuel-efficient jet

Carrier sees business travel demand for nearly 19-hour route to New York

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900 plane takes off at Changi Airport.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Singapore Airlines will revive the world's longest direct flight in October, using a new fuel-efficient aircraft to boost profitability on a New York route that was popular with business travelers.

The ultralong-range version of the Airbus A350-900 will fly 16,700km between Singapore's Changi Airport and the New York area's Newark Liberty International Airport in 18 hours and 45 minutes, the airline said on Wednesday. The route will be the longest in both distance and flight time, surpassing the Qatar Airways flight between Doha and Auckland, New Zealand.

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