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Jetliner lands in US after world's longest flight

AFP  |  New York 

A Airlines flight arrived in on Friday after a nearly 18-hour trip from Singapore, completing the world's longest commercial flight.

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

Airlines Flight SQ22 arrived at 5:29 am (local time), the Liberty International Airport website said. That made for a flight of 17 hours and 52 minutes.

The flight had been scheduled to take 18 hours and 25 minutes.

The plane was carrying 150 passengers and 17 crew members.

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

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

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

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 17:05 IST