Singapore Airlines (SIA) has resumed nonstop operations from the U.S. to Singapore with nonstop flights on new Airbus A350-900 aircraft from San Francisco International Airport.
Flying time for the new SQ31 San Francisco-Singapore services will be between 14:35 hours and 17:45 hours, depending on direction and time of year, over a journey of around 8,451 miles. It is the longest flight in SIA’s network until 2018, when a new, longer-range variant of the A350-900 will enter service, enabling even longer flights between Singapore and both Los Angeles and New York. SIA will be the launch customer for the new variant, the A350-900ULR, with seven of the type on order.
In addition to the nonstop, SIA will continue to operate daily B777-300ER service (SQ1) San Francisco to Hong Kong and Singapore, while the previous San Francisco-Seoul-Singapore service (SQ15) will be operated from Los Angeles as SQ7.
A new generation of more efficient aircraft make ultra-long-haul flying possible, said Sek Eng Lee, SIA regional vice president, Americas, offering a substantial time savings over one-stop flights.
The A350-900 is able to operate non-stop San Francisco flights on a year-round basis, although depending on headwinds there will be some payload restrictions which will result in some seats not being offered for sale, the airline said. The aircraft is configured with a total of 253 seats in Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class.
The A350-900 ULR is designed to help address and minimize the symptoms of jet lag, SIA said. The aircraft is pressurized at a lower altitude and has higher humidity levels, an advanced air filtration system and updated lighting controls that are designed to create a more comfortable journey for passengers.
SIA Expands Los Angeles Frequency, Updates Cabin Products, Routes
The resumption of nonstop services to Singapore is part of a broader series of network updates and product enhancements for the carrier’s U.S. operations, SIA said. The airline has repositioned SQ15 to serve Seoul and Singapore from Los Angeles (previously San Francisco) as SQ7, operated daily using new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The new flight has an updated First Class cabin designed by Los Angeles-based BMW DesignWorks, as well as the carrier’s latest, next-generation Business Class cabin, new Premium Economy and latest Economy Class seating.
The SIA’s existing daily Los Angeles-Tokyo-Singapore service (SQ11) has been refreshed to include the newest BMW-designed First Class, an updated Business Class cabin, as well as the carrier’s recently introduced Premium Economy and updated Economy Class products. The route will be served using B777-300ER aircraft in a four-class configuration.
SIA’s existing Houston-Moscow-Singapore route (SQ61) will also be re-routed to fly Houston-Manchester-Singapore (SQ51), operating five times weekly from 30 October with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. This will be SIA’s first service to the United Kingdom from the U.S.