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Dread the hassles involved with connecting flights? Relief may be on the way: Some airlines are offering nonstop marathon flights that can cut travel time substantially.

China Airlines, for instance, has a nonstop flight from Taipei to New York that's a whopping 16-hour journey; it's available only from November 1 through April 1, when tail winds give the planes the boost they need to make the 7,795-mile trip. And in July, United Airlines began offering a flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport direct to Hong Kong, a 7,788-mile journey. United operated the new service three days a week through the end of October this year.

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