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Boeing Unveils World's Longest-Range Commercial Aircraft

One month after Europe-based Airbus unveiled the world's largest airliner, U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing has come up with one that can fly the farthest.

Boeing officials Tuesday unveiled the new 301-passenger "Worldliner." They say it will be able to fly more than 17,000 kilometers - enough to enable the jet to fly from London to Sydney.

Boeing, battling for dominance of the commercial airliner market with Airbus, is hoping airlines will buy more mid-size jets to ferry passengers over longer distances. Airbus' new double decker airliner, the A380, will be able to carry 840 passengers.

The Worldliner's maiden flight is set for March, and company officials say the first new aircraft will be delivered to Pakistan International Airlines in January 2006.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.