SIA will start flying non-stop to Seattle in September 2019
-A Monitor Report
16 Nov, 2018  |
Seattle : Singapore Airlines announced it would begin flying an all-new route between Seattle and Singapore starting September 3, 2019.
Seattle will become Singapore Airlines' sixth US destination, after Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New York JFK and San Francisco.
Flights between the two cities will initially be operated three times weekly before a bump up to four times per week in October 2019.
The schedule, subject to regulatory approval, will be as follows: Singapore Airlines flight SQ27 will depart Seattle at 10:40am Pacific Time on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and arrive in Singapore at 5:30pm local time the following day. Singapore Airlines flight SQ28 will depart Singapore at 9:25am on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and arrive in Seattle the same day at 9:05am local time. Starting in October, flights will also operate on Sunday in both directions.
"Our new non-stop flights to Seattle are another demonstration of our commitment to expand our operations in the important US market and grow our network reach," said Goh Choon Phong, CEO, Singapore Airlines. "The new services will also further strengthen the Singapore hub by providing customers faster and more convenient connectivity from key markets such as Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australasia to North America."
The move makes sense as Singapore Airlines entered into a partnership with Alaska Airlines in 2017. By flying to Alaska's hub of Seattle, Singapore Airlines can give its passengers the full benefit of easy connections to Alaska's extensive route network within the Western US and beyond. However, Seattle as a destination in and of itself is a logical choice thanks to the presence of some of the largest companies in the US there, including Amazon, Boeing and Microsoft.
Thanks to the launch of its non-stops to Newark and Singapore, Singapore Airlines will be operating 53 flights per week from the US by the end of the year, 27 of which are non-stop services to Singapore itself. When this new route is launched, that weekly flight number will jump to 57.
The new flights will be operated using Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Singapore Airlines currently has 21 of the jet in its fleet, with total orders of 60. The aircraft will have 42 seats in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy and 187 in Economy.
What with the recent addition of Boeing 787-10s to its fleet, bolstering the airline's Asian and mid-haul network and the delivery of further A350s, Singapore Airlines is poised for even further expansions both in its own backyard and within future international markets as well.
Tickets for Singapore Airlines' new non-stop service between Seattle and Singapore went on sale on November 7.