It’s 9:53 p.m. over the Andaman Sea on Nov. 9; 12:53 a.m. on Nov. 10 in Singapore; 8:53 p.m. in Dubai; and 11:53 a.m. the morning before in Sunset, South Carolina, my home base — all of them waypoints on this special air marathon. Firmly ensconced in Seat 47F on Emirates Flight 355 from Singapore to Dubai, cruising at 554 mph (Mach 0.83) at FL 400, this is my first flight on an Airbus A380-800. Westbound chasing the sunset that we will never catch, I have just helped conduct ...


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