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Singapore-New York route “no longer worth it”

The world’s longest non-stop flight will soon be history, the Australian news agency AAP reports. Singapore Airlines has connected Singapore and New York – a 19-hour 16,700-kilometre flight without a stopover – since 2004.

An Airbus A340 belonging to the airline will take off on its final journey on the route at the end of November.

“The connection will be discontinued because it’s no longer worth it,” an airline spokesperson told the agency.

Passengers flying between the two cities will instead make a stopover in Frankfurt, and use JFK in New York instead of Newark. The new longest flight will be a 13,800-kilometre Qantas route between Sydney to Dallas.

SIA started the direct New York route in June 2004 with economy and business class seats, switching to only business class two years later. The cockpit crew have to change over four times during the flight.

AAP

[pictured: SIA Airbus A340, courtesy Singapore Airlines]

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