THE LONG HAUL
Singapore Airlines has announced the resumption in 2018 of nonstop flights between Singapore and New York, which will reinstate the world’s longest nonstop
commercial route. The airline halted the 19-hour service in 2013, citing ine;cien-cies, but says a modified Airbus A350 makes the flight practical once more.
This year a British company plans test flights of a massive lighter-than-air craft
that could o;er a new wrinkle in exotic tourism. The helium-filled craft, which is
the length of a football field, was originally envisioned for military surveillance,
cargo shipments and telecommunications. But its builder, Hybrid Air Vehicles,
now has an eye on luxury travel as well. That means someday tourists could
experience dayslong air cruises, with perhaps a set-down on a remote desert
oasis or polar iceberg.
SELFIES GET SERIOUS In a new government program, an app called
Mobile Passport Control allows returning U.S. citizens to speed up waiting
time by taking a selfie. You electronically submit passport and trip information,
along with the selfie, then present the resulting electronic receipt to Passport
Control. This doesn’t necessarily move you into a priority line, but it does cut
minutes once you get to the front. Currently available at Miami International,
Seattle-Tacoma, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta and Chicago O’Hare, the program
is scheduled to be available in as many as 20 airports by the end of the year.
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SKY ABOVE THE U.S. AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT.
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BY BOB PAYNE
ALL THE WAY
For travelers with no
JFK – Abu Dhabi
intention of sipping from
plastic cups, here are
some of the world’s most
LAX – Dubai
JFK – Hong Kong
Tokyo – London
JFK – Seoul
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