Starting this October, Singapore Airlines is offering non-stop flights between Singapore and San Francisco on a daily basis. The duration of the flight will vary between 14 hours and 35 minutes to 17 hours and 45 minutes according to the direction and time of year, and over a journey of around 13,600km.
The new route will also use the industry’s newest Airbus A350, which boasts 253 seats divided into three classes of service: 42 seats in business class, 24 in premium economy, and 187 in standard economy. The aircraft will also have new features such as improved cabin air with a humidification system, increased shoulder room, and updated inflight entertainment.
Ensuring passengers’ convenience, the flights will depart from Singapore in the morning while also arriving in San Francisco in the morning to enable onward connections to other destinations. The same departure time is also applied for the return flights, which return to Singapore during the early evening. Translation: the new route might be long, but it will not come with jetlag.
In addition to San Francisco, Singapore Airline’s US network will also include non-stop flights from Singapore to Los Angeles and New York in 2018.
“Our customers have been asking us to offer more US services and we are pleased to be able to do so,” said Ms Lee Wen Fen, the airline’s Senior Vice President Marketing Planning. “With the new non-stop San Francisco flights and the increase in frequency to Los Angeles, customers will have two flights to choose from each day to both of these popular US West Coast destinations.”
Interestingly, United Airlines launched a similar route that uses Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft two weeks prior to this announcement.