An American Airlines plane takes off from Los Los Angeles International airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California, U.S. March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
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Planemakers gave a glimpse of the ultra-long-distance jets of the future on Sunday as they work to meet a demanding goal from Australia's Qantas to connect Sydney and London in a non-stop 20-hour flight.This year, Qantas began non-stop flights between Australia and Europe by linking Perth and London.Ultra-long haul flights are aimed primarily at business travellers and can allow airlines to charge a 20 percent premium over one-stop rivals, according to industry data.Airbus' first customer for the ultra-long range A350-900ULR, Singapore Airlines, last week said it would launch 19-hour flights from Singapore to New York in October.Sydney-London is an even more demanding journey and Qantas wants to do it with more passengers than the 161 business and premium economy seats that Singapore Airlines plans to use on its ultra-long haul routes.
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