Singapore Airlines to launch world's longest commercial flight

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The flight will cover a distance of 9,537 miles with a travelling time of up to 18 hours 45 minutes.

Airbus has now supplied Singapore Airlines with a new ultra-long-range plane, the A350-900ULR, which the manufacturer launched in 2015 boasting "modified fuel system, increased maximum takeoff weight and aerodynamic improvements" that allow the aircraft to fly uninterruptedly for up to 19 hours.

The airline also has plans to launch a non-stop Singapore-Los Angeles service using the A350-900ULR. The seven A350-900ULR aircraft ordered by SIA have been configured with higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting created to reduce jet lag.

The airline is also planning to use their new aircraft for non-stop Singapore-Los Angeles flights, but details will only be announced at a later date. The airline now serves New York JFK, daily via Frankfurt.

The Singapore Airlines will initially operate flights to the airport of NY three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

According to the SIA, tickets will be made available for sale progressively across various booking channels starting from Thursday. Currently, it offers flights between NY and Frankfurt and between Los Angeles and Tokyo, among others.

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In Oct. 2015 the airline finalized an order for seven Airbus A350ULR aircraft so that it could resume non-stop flights to EWR and other USA destinations. Long haul flight often tend to make more cash than flights with several stops. It will take delivery of its first one in September and receive all by the end of the year.

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900 (R) lands at Singapore International Changi airport in this March 3, 2016 file photo.

"The two-class configuration ... was a business consideration to meet market demand", Singapore Airlines told AFP about the lack of economy seats.

The Qatar Airways flight is a whopping 14,529km long.

Earlier this year, Qantas started the first non-stop flights between Australia and the United Kingdom, launching its Perth to London route with a 787-9 Dreamliner.