Singapore Airlines is within a few weeks of shutting down the world’s longest commercial airline flight, the carrier’s daily 9,600-mile marathon between Singapore and Newark.

The airline is eliminating the 19-hour flight after Nov. 23 because of a decision made last year to retire its fleet of Airbus A340-500 long-range aircraft, which have been serving the route with a 100-seat all business class configuration.

Singapore noted that it continues to operate daily service to New York with one-stop flights via Frankfurt, and via London under a codeshare with Virgin Atlantic.

With the demise of Singapore flights 21 and 22, the title of world’s longest route will pass to QF 7, the Sydney-Dallas segment operated by Qantas with 747-400 aircraft. The 8,600-mile flight is scheduled for 15 hours, 10 minutes eastbound. On the westbound segment, it operates via a stop in Brisbane.

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