Singapore Airlines has announced the relaunch of its nonstop service from San Francisco International Airport to Singapore starting Dec 17. The news comes on the heels Singapore Air’s return to New York City with nonstop service between JFK and Singapore Changi Airport.
In addition beginning Dec. 2, SIA will also expand its existing service from Los Angeles International Airport to Singapore to five-times weekly, adding flights on Mondays and Tuesdays. The service had been curtailed to three flights a week in April in response to COVID-19-related travel restrictions.
SIA says it will operate the SFO flights aboard a two-class A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft with 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy seats. The airline says it will field a three-class Airbus A350-900 Long Range aircraft on the LAX service with 42 business class, 24 premium economy and 187 economy class seats.
Prior to covid-19, SIA operated 57 services per week from US gateways including Newark, New York JFK, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Current travel restrictions in Singapore permit US passport holders to transit Changi International Airport only they are en route to a destination that accepts American travelers.
In addition to the passenger traffic, the new services from LAX and SFO significantly increase SIA’s cargo capacity to Southeast Asia, a major airfreight distribution hub for the region.
“With the recent debut of JFK-Singapore flights, today’s announcement of the restoration of SFO-Singapore nonstops and the expansion of operations at Los Angeles clearly demonstrates that the slow, steady process of rebuilding our US network is significantly under way,” said Joey Seow, Singapore Air’s regional vice president – Americas. “A full recovery to pre-COVID levels will take time, but we are encouraged by the continued, robust demand for cargo services and by some early signs of optimism for air travel.”