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Singapore Airlines to launch longest commercial flight in Oct

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The A350s will be configured into two-class sections - 67 seats in business class and 94 in "premium economy".

This time around, the airline will use Airbus's brand new A350-900ULR to operate the ultra-long flight.

According to the airline's statement, the new aircraft will increase passengers' comfort as it features "higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting created to reduce jetlag", as well as a carbon composite airframe that "allows for improved air quality due to a more optimized cabin altitude and humidity levels".

Singapore Airlines is the latest to enter the fray with a 9,535-mile flight from Singapore to NY. Singapore Air scrapped all-business-class daily flights from the city-state to Los Angeles and Newark, New Jersey, in 2013 because the routes were unprofitable using aircraft with four engines, analysts have said.

Flights are to be launched on October 11 to Newark Liberty International Airport. Tickets will be made available for sale progressively across the various booking channels, starting Thursday.

This isn't the first time Singapore Airlines is flying non-stop to the East Coast U.S. from its hub in Singapore.

Singapore Airlines' chief executive Goh Choon Phong said his airline had pushed the boundaries to provide the best possible travel convenience.

And of course the airline will also bring its renowned in-fight service to the new non-stop routes.

Singapore Airlines now serves New York JFK, daily via Frankfurt. It expects its first A350-900ULR in September and all the seven by end of the year.

The 16,700km flight will eclipse the current longest flight by Qatar Airways from Auckland to Doha, which covers 14,535km.

Qantas has said it is considering the purchase of the A350-900ULR or Boeing's 777X to allow it to fly non-stop from Sydney to London from 2022, an even longer 17,000km journey.

The airline has also revealed its plans to launch a non-stop flight from Singapore to Los Angeles, saying that further details would be provided later.

Singapore now has 21 A350s in its fleet with 46 more on order, including seven of the ULR long-range version.