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World's longest nonstop flight: Singapore to New York

Tuesday 09/October/2018 - 09:03 AM
Sada El Balad
edited by: Basant Ahmed
Starting October 11، 2018، passengers on Singapore Airlines' newest plane، the Airbus A350-900 ULR -- for Ultra Long-Range -- will travel on a record-breaking، globe-spanning flight that will reconnect the two major metropolises، CNN reported.
The airline used to fly the gas-guzzling، four-engine A340-500 on the 9،500-mile route، with just 100 business-class seats on board. The service proved to be inefficient، and Singapore Airlines canceled the flights in 2013.
The new flights will initially run three times a week from Singapore to Newark Liberty International Airport، with daily operations starting October 18 after a second Airbus A350-900 enters service.
On September 22، the airline took delivery of Airbus' newest wide-body، the A350-900 ULR. It has 22 A350-900 planes in its fleet، with 45 more on order، including six more of the ULRs.
On April 23، the plane had its first test flight، an almost five-hour round-trip that launched from the airframer's assembly plant in Toulouse، France.
The ULR will be able to fly a remarkable 11،160 miles، an increase of more than 1،800 miles over the standard A350. It means that Singapore Airlines will reclaim a travel crown: that of running the world's longest nonstop air route.

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