Singapore Airlines just announced that it will resume non-stop service between San Francisco (SFO) and its hub in Singapore (SIN). The airline previously had non-stop flights from the United States in 2013, when, amid rising fuel costs, it suspended routes to Newark and Los Angeles. While there have been plenty of options to fly between the United States and Singapore since then, many of them have long layovers.
The Singapore-bound flight is scheduled to take 17 hours and 15 minutes, and the San Francisco-bound flight is scheduled to take 14 hours and 35 minutes. The Singapore-bound flight is scheduled to leave San Francisco at 9:25 PST in the morning and arrive in Singapore at 6:40 in the evening, SGT. Flights to San Francisco are scheduled to leave at 9:20 in the morning, SGT, and arrive at 7:55 the next morning, PST.
The route is the third longest in the world, based on a distance of 8,451 miles. Before the new route was added, Singapore Airlines flyers who wanted to travel from San Francisco to Singapore had to stop in Hong Kong or Seoul, which added hours to the journey.
The airline will be using new Airbus A350s, with each A350-900 seating 253 passengers in three classes. The A350 has 42 seats in Business class, 24 in Premium Economy and 187 in Economy. Although the airplane doesn't have First class seats, Singapore Airlines' Business class seats are supposedly the widest in the industry.
Even Economy class is comfortable, and on the long flight, travelers can enjoy 1,000 entertainment options such as television shows, movies, music, apps and games, all on a 10.6-inch wide LCD screen. With the San Francisco-Singapore route being the longest flight for the A350 and the longest non-stop flight from San Francisco, Singapore Airlines is working to ensure that all of its passengers are comfortable and entertained at all times.
Singapore Airlines is not the only company to fly the San Francisco-Singapore route, however. United Airlines started offering non-stop service between the two destinations back in June, and plenty of airlines including Cathay Pacific and Asiana offer service with short stops in Hong Kong or Seoul.
San Francisco isn't the only city in the United States to enjoy nonstop service from Singapore Airlines. The carrier also flies to New York's JFK and Houston's IAH airport, although with stopovers.
In the coming years, Singapore Airlines has big ambitions for the United States. The airline plans to add additional non-stop flights in 2018, when it takes delivery of more long-range aircrafts. A variant of the A35, the A350-900 ULR will allow the airline to resume non-stop service from Singapore to both New York City and Los Angeles.
With November flights costing about $800 in economy and $1,800, the airline should have no problem attracting business and leisure travelers alike.