SIA to Launch Direct Flights to San Francisco

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch non-stop flights between Singapore and San Francisco from October 23, 2016, using an Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The airline will also add a second daily service to Los Angeles in an expansion of its US operations.

SIA currently serves San Francisco twice-daily, with one flight operating via Hong Kong and the other via Seoul Incheon. With the launch of non-stop Singapore-San Francisco service, the Singapore-Seoul-San Francisco flight will be re-routed to operate as a Singapore-Seoul-Los Angeles service, also from October 23, 2016. This will result in a second daily service to Los Angeles, complementing existing flights that operate on a Singapore-Tokyo Narita-Los Angeles routing.

Flying time for the new Singapore-San Francisco services will be between 14:35hrs and 17:45hrs depending on direction and time of year, over a journey of around 13,600km. They will be the longest flights in SIA’s network until 2018, when a new variant of the A350-900 will enter service, enabling even longer flights between Singapore and both Los Angeles and New York.

“Our customers have been asking us to offer more US services and we are pleased to be able to do so,” says senior vice president for marketing planning Lee Wen Fen. “With 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.”

SIA will also suspend services to Sao Paulo in Brazil as a result of the sustained weak performance of the route. The airline operates three weekly flights to Sao Paulo via Barcelona and the last flight will be operated on October 20, 2016.

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