Singapore Airlines will launch direct flights to the US later in 2016 – two years earlier than previously anticipated.
The national carrier has confirmed that effective 23 October this year, it will start flying non-stop from Singapore to San Francisco using its new Airbus A350 aircraft.
And the launch of this flight will also enable SIA to add a second daily flight to Los Angeles. At present the airline operates two daily flights to San Francisco – one via Hong Kong and one via Seoul. By choosing to fly direct to San Francisco, the flight that currently operates via Seoul will instead be routed to LA.
This new Singapore-Seoul-LA service will also commence on 23 October 2016, and will operate alongside the existing daily Singapore-Tokyo Narita-LA routing.
SIA had previously announced that it would relaunch non-stop flights to the US in 2018, with services to LA and New York.
“Our customers have been asking us to offer more US services and we are pleased to be able to do so. With new non-stop San Francisco flights and the increase in frequency to Los Angeles, customers will have two flights to choose from each day,” said Lee Wen Fen, SIA’s senior vice president of marketing planning.
The new direct Singapore-San Francisco service will be the longest flight in SIA’s network, at a distance of 13,601km. Both the outbound and return flights will have morning departure times, and SIA will serve the route using its new 253-seat A350-900 aircraft, which features business, premium economy and economy class cabins.
In addition to San Francisco and LA, SIA’s US network currently includes flights to Houston via Moscow and New York JFK via Frankfurt. And the airline is planning to expand its US operations even further in 2018, when the arrival of its new “ultra-long-range” A350s will enable SIA to resume direct flights to LA and New York.
Earlier this year United Airlines launched direct flights between San Francisco and Singapore, which marked the first direct link from between the US and the Lion City since SIA suspended its LA and Newark services in 2013.