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World's longest non-stop flight touches down in New York

The flight from Singapore spent more than 17 hours in the air.

Singapore Flight New York Source: Wong Maye-E

AN AIRBUS JETLINER arrived in Newark today after a trip from Singapore lasting 17-hours and 25 minutes, completing the world’s longest commercial flight.

It marked the revival of a route that had been eliminated in 2013.

Singapore Airlines Flight SQ22 arrived at 5:29 am, the Newark Liberty International Airport website said.

The flight had been scheduled to take 18 hours and 25 minutes. The plane was carrying 150 passengers and 17 crew members.

Two pilots, a special “wellness” menu and more than seven weeks’ worth of entertainment accompanied travellers on the 16,700-kilometre journey.

Singapore Airlines originally flew the route for nine years using the gas-guzzling, four-engine A340-500 plane before abandoning it in 2013 because high oil prices made the service unprofitable.

This trip was made with the new and more fuel-efficient Airbus A350-900ULR.

It topped the previous longest direct air link between cities – Qatar Airways Flight 921 from Auckland to Doha, which takes 17 hours 40 minutes.

© AFP 2018 

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