Going The Distance

It's not going to be stopping anywhere en route, so die-hard smokers may want to stock up on nicotine patches — or use this trip as a head start on quitting. Everyone else, however, should be delighted with the world's longest range passenger jet, the Airbus A340-500.

It comes into service for the first time anywhere on Dec. 1, when Emirates airlines takes it on a maiden voyage from Dubai to Sydney. Flying time will be 14 hours, but these tireless behemoths can handle journeys of 17 hours or more, and Emirates has additional plans to deploy...

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