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Singapore Air Takes Delivery of Jet for World's Longest Flight

• by Anand Krishnamoo

The first commercial flight between Singapore and Newark Liberty International Airport will be on Oct. 11, Singapore Air said in a statement yesterday. This is the first of the seven A350-900ULRs the carrier has on firm order with Airbus.

Reviving the route that the Singapore flag carrier scrapped more than four years ago will help the airline fill a gap in its U.S. network that has benefited rivals including Qantas Airways Ltd. and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. Singapore Air's new service -- which will overtake Qatar Airways' Doha-Auckland route as the world's longest -- will initially offer three flights in the first week, increasing to daily from Oct. 18.

Singapore Air will use the aircraft for non-stop services to Los Angeles in November.

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