Singapore Airlines is set to launch their new Singapore to Seattle service on Tuesday, linking two cities across the Pacific Ocean. This route will be flown by Singapore Airlines’ normal A350-900 aircraft and not the special long-range variant it uses to New York.
What are the details?
Singapore Airlines will become the only airline in the world to offer this direct route between the two cities on Tuesday. The flight will take around 14 hours and 40 minutes and will fly overnight in both directions three times a week.
Speaking last year, Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong said that,
“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. 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 actual route specifics published by Routes Online will be:
Flight Number: SQ028
Departing Singapore at 0925 AM & landing in Seattle at 0905 AM
This flight will operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Flight Number: SQ027 (Return)
Departing Seattle at 1040 AM & landing in Singapore at 1725 PM the following day. This flight is only on Thursday and Sundays. Thanks to a hiccup with the international dateline, the return trip also seems to occasionally arrive on a Tuesday or a Saturday.
The flight is priced at around $2,200 return USD. It is more expensive than other options but that is the price you pay to fly direct as possible in the quickest amount of time (likewise we see on the Perth to London Qantas flights which customers are very happy to pay a price premium).
What is the service like onboard?
The service is operated by an Airbus A350-900, not the special long-range A350-900ULR that Singapore uses for its New York route. This is because Seattle is well within the range of the normal A350 aircraft at 7,013 nautical miles (the A350-900 can fly 8,099 nautical miles).
“As such Singapore can offer 42 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy Class and 187 Economy Class seats. This is in contrast to the ultra-long-range model which only has Premium Economy and Business Class seats.” – Simple Flying
This flight is not as long as the New York route (clocking in at 19 hours) and thus Singapore has decided that passengers will be fine with economy seating for the duration. But those thinking of taking the flight would be amiss to overlook the excellent business class product onboard the A350 that has won Singapore so many awards.
What do you think of this new service? Will you be flying direct to Seattle from Singapore? Let us know in the comments.