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Singapore Airlines races oil price with world's longest flight

Maiden voyage on fuel-efficient jet takes off from Changi on Thursday

The Airbus ultralong-range A350-900 offers more comfortable travel with features such as higher ceilings, larger windows, quieter cabins and lighting designed to reduce jet lag.

SINGAPORE -- When the world's longest nonstop flight takes off here on Thursday, it will carry Singapore Airlines' hopes for reviving a route that failed once amid rising crude oil prices and faces the same challenge today.

This time, Singapore's flag carrier counts on an ultralong-range version of the fuel-efficient Airbus A350-900 jet to cut fuel costs, and also on steady demand from business travelers willing to pay more for a direct flight with luxury amenities.

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