Singapore Airlines To Fly Nonstop To San Francisco, Suspends Sao Paulo

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced changes to its services in the Americas. The Star Alliance member has unveiled a new nonstop Singapore – San Francisco service and a second daily Los Angeles flight, while suspending Sao Paulo services from October 2016.


Nonstop Singapore – San Francisco to become Longest SIA Flight

Currently served twice daily via Hong Kong and Seoul (Incheon), San Francisco will lose its Korean connection in favour of a nonstop link with Singapore from 23 October 2016. In a preview of a resumption of nonstop services from Singapore to Los Angeles and New York (which it has earmarked for 2018), the airline will fly its new Airbus A350-900s, configured with 253 Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class seats across the Pacific Ocean on a daily basis.


Flight SQ 032 will take off from Changi International Airport at 0830 hrs and land at San Francisco International Airport at 0705 hrs the same day after crossing the International Date Line. Return service SQ 031 departs the Golden City at 0835 hrs, arriving back in Singapore at 1820 hrs the next day. 


Depending on direction and time of year, flying times will range from 14 hours 35 minutes to 17 hours 45 minutes. While the jet will be able to operate the route year-round, SIA will at-times implement payload restrictions to take into account stronger headwinds, a restriction it hopes to eliminate when it takes delivery of the A350-900ULR.


Singapore Airlines joins fellow Star Alliance carrier United Airlines on the route, which the latter launched earlier this month.


Los Angeles gains Second Daily Flight via Seoul (Incheon)

To meet demand for travel between South Korea and the US west coast, SIA will route a second daily service to Los Angeles via Seoul (Incheon), also from 23 October 2016.


Flight SQ 008 will begin as a redeye service from Singapore at 0245 hrs, arriving in Seoul (Incheon) at 1005 hrs before departing again at 1135 hrs for a 0545 hrs landing at Los Angeles International Airport. The inbound service, SQ 007, is wheels up from Los Angeles at 1630 hrs to land in Seoul (Incheon) at 2220 hrs the next day, before taking off again at 0010 hrs and arriving back at Changi International Airport at 0540 hrs 2 days after leaving North America.


The flight complements SIA’s existing Singapore – Tokyo (Narita) – Los Angeles routing. Both services will be flown using a 264-seat, 4-class Boeing 777-300ER and fitted with its next-generation cabin products, including First Class seats designed in conjunction with LA-based BMW Designworks.


Barcelona – Sao Paulo to be Discontinued

Citing sustained weak performance, Singapore Airlines will suspend its fifth freedom Barcelona – Sao Paulo service.


Currently operated 3 times weekly, the final flight will be operated on 20 October 2016. Services between Singapore and Barcelona will continue to be flown.


The announcement effectively sees Singapore Airlines exit the South American market, relying instead on its Star Alliance partners for connectivity with the continent.


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