This Will Soon Be The Longest Nonstop Flight in the World

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On the world’s longest nonstop flight, you could sleep for eight hours, watch four movies, eat three meals, read a few chapters of a book, beat 10 levels of Candy Crush, and after all that, you’d still be in the air.

By the end of 2018, travelers will be able to take this 20-hour doozy of a flight from Singapore to New York, CNN reports. The service, offered by Singapore Airlines, will beat a previous record set by Qatar Airways. The Middle Eastern airline’s flight from Auckland, New Zealand, to Doha, Qatar, covers over 9000 miles and lasts 18 hours, making it the current longest flight by both distance and duration.

Singapore Airlines used to operate the world’s longest flight from Singapore to Newark, New Jersey—a 19-hour, 9500-mile journey—but it canceled that service in 2013 because it proved to be inefficient, according to CNN.

At present, the airline’s service from Singapore to New York includes a stopover in Frankfurt or London, depending on the flight. The new service will see an improved aircraft put into operation: the Airbus A350-900ULR, short for Ultra Long-Range. It will be able to travel up to 11,160 miles—1800 more miles than the standard A350.

To go that extra distance, though, the aircraft will need to use an additional 6340 gallons of fuel. And more fuel means fewer seats. According to the Australian Business Traveller, the new aircraft is expected to have 162 seats, which is about 80 fewer than the standard A350’s capacity.

However, the airline believes it will be a better service overall. A representative of the A350’s Aircraft Interiors department says the cabin’s high ceilings, low noise levels, improved air circulation, and large windows will all make for a more comfortable flying experience. Or at least as comfortable as one can hope to be on a flight that lasts almost a whole day.

[h/t CNN]

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This All-in-One Storage Solution Can Be Used at Home or Carried on the Go

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Whether you're looking for a durable storage solution for your garage or a roomy pack for a long camping trip, the collapsible RUX carrier can help keep your stuff safe and secure without taking up much room in your closet when you're done. And until December 10, you can support the project on Indiegogo.

The main idea of the RUX is to serve multiple purposes at once. You can carry it around like a backpack or duffle bag during a weekend trip outdoors, or you can use it as a stationary storage bin for your car or home. Despite being strong enough to hold your bulkiest gear, it only weighs around four pounds and is designed to be collapsible, so you can fold it up and slip it away afterwards. (Unfolded, the RUX comes in at 15.7 by 19.5 by 13.8 inches.)

And if you're looking to use it during more serious outdoor adventures, you can rest assured that its weatherproof construction will keep your stuff dry in the rain. There's even a window that allows you to double-check that your items are safe and sound.

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The RUX was created with sustainability and longevity in mind. Not only does the RUX have a lifetime warranty, but each component can also come off and be replaced easily so you can continue using the product no matter the problem. RUX is a member of 1% For The Planet, which is a group that gives back 1 percent of sales to environmental causes, even if they are not profitable.

There is still time to back the RUX campaign and reap the rewards. If you back $196, you’ll get your first RUX along with it. However, if you back $265, you’ll get one RUX, two divider totes, an EDC pouch, and two utility straps. If you back $449, you’ll get all the same things from the second level along with an extra RUX. If you want to back $515 or $725, you’ll get double or triple everything, respectively, from the second level.

The RUX campaign ends on December 10, so there is still time to back this product through Indiegogo. Shipments of RUX will hopefully start by June 2021.

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