News 11 october — 14:16

Countdown on for world's longest non-stop flight

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The battle to offer the world's longest non-stop flight steps up a gear on Thursday, when a new Singapore-to-New York service takes off, BBC reports.

Singapore Airlines is relaunching the service five years after it withdrew because it had become too expensive.

It will cover more than 15,000km and is scheduled to take just under 19 hours.

Qantas launched a 17-hour non-stop service from Perth to London earlier this year, while Qatar runs a 17.5-hour service between Auckland and Doha.

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