29 OCTOBER 2012
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The headline may look incredulous but it is true. Singapore Airlines has done a deal with Airbus for them to take back its five specially configured A340s to partly offset an order for five more A380s and 20 of the new Airbus A350XWBs. The first super Jumbos will not arrive until late next year, and the 787 competitor somewhat later.
The airline has already a full complement of 19 Rolls-Royce powered A380s in service.
With this move Singapore Airlines will no longer hold the record for the world’s longest non-stop flights, Changi to Newark New York (18.5hrs) and Los Angeles (18hrs). The new winner of this prestige title will go to either Qantas between Sydney and Dallas for mileage or Delta for Johannesburg to Atlanta in terms of time, which can be up to 17 hours due to high headwinds. www.airbus.com
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