Have 19 hours? World's longest commercial flight takes off

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Well, if you happen to be travelling from Singapore to NY or vice versa in the future you could be about to embark on a record-breaking flight, as a new route is about to launch between the two destinations and in doing so, it will become the world's longest non-stop flight.

Passengers are preparing to board the world's longest flight - a marathon 19 hour service connecting Singapore and NY.

Singapore Airlines only offers premium economy and business seats on the flight - no regular economy seats.

In November 2013, Singapore Airlines had terminated its Singapore-Newark non-stop flights after about five years of operation as the A340-500, four-engine fuel guzzler aircraft with only 100 business class seats on board made it uneconomical.

Singapore Airlines once again set a record in terms of the longest flight in the world.

Two first officers and 13-strong cabin contingent will be available for the flight crew. It will be carried out with the new family of Airbus aircraft, a twin-engine, long-range plane with considerably lower fuel consumption that can fly for up to 20 hours without stopping. "We expect Singapore Airlines to regain market share, especially in the premium travel market".

Airbus CEO Tom Enders said the new plane is a "milestone" for Airbus and Singapore Airlines.

Thursday's flight will top the current longest direct air link between cities - Qatar Airways Flight 921 from Auckland to Doha, which takes 17 hours 40 minutes.

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Campbell Wilson, its senior vice president of sales and marketing, said the Airbus A350-900ULR, which was delivered two weeks ago, consumes 25 percent less fuel than an older generation aircraft of the same size. It also has a high ceiling and large windows.

"Research has shown that hydration and food intake are important factors (to consider), such as avoiding foods that cause gas or bloating as well as excessive alcohol", Rhenu Bhuller, a healthcare expert at consultancy Frost & Sullivan, said.

The airline is not planning to offer any economy bookings on the route.

Singaporean airlines is hoping that the introduction of more fuel-efficient planes will become a permanent thing as fuel prices continue to soar.

Forget cattle class. The Airbus jet that will ply the route carries a maximum of 161 passengers, compared with 253 on the airline's existing A350-900s. Six more are due for delivery by the end of the year.

"It will help us boost our network competitiveness and further grow the Singapore hub".

The airline's revenue contribution from the Americas region is now at 14 percent, down from 20 percent in 2013 due to the loss of the non-stop flights, Corrine Png, CEO of transport research firm Crucial Perspective, said.

"We are optimistic about the demand for non-stop services to the United States", the spokesman said.

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