Singapore Airlines has announced that it is ready to relaunch a non-stop flight between Los Angeles and Singapore in November – a route that the airline used to operate but had to discontinue back in 2013. The news comes just a few weeks after the announcement that the carrier will also resume the world’s longest flight service between Newark and Singapore in October.
Schedule of Singapore – LA service
Singapore Airlines will commence its ultra-haul non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles on November 2, 2018. The airline will operate three flights for the first week (on Friday, Sunday and then Wednesday) and then switch to a daily service as of November 9, 2018.
Flight number SQ38 will depart from Singapore at 8:45 pm and arrive in Los Angeles at 8:55 pm on the same day. The scheduled flight time is 15 hours and 10 minutes. Flight number SQ37 will depart Los Angeles at 10:25 pm and arrive in Singapore at 8:15 am two days later. The scheduled flight time is 17 hours and 50 minutes. The distance covered is 8,770 miles. It is interesting that the company has the same flight numbers as those it used for its previous non-stop service between the two cities.
As of December 7, 2018, Singapore Airlines will add a second flight on the route. It will be on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Flight number SQ36 will leave Singapore at 8:20 am and arrive in LA at 7:30 am on the same day. The return flight is under number SQ35 and will depart LA at 9:15 am to arrive in Singapore at 7:05 pm on the following day.
At present, Singapore Airlines operates transit flights between the two cities via Tokyo Narita and Seoul Incheon. The flight via Tokyo is operated on a Boeing 777-300ER and will still be offered to customers. The flight via Seoul, however, will be terminated as of December 1, 2018. The airline will continue flying only between Singapore and Seoul.
Tickets for the non-stop flight are already available and start at $1,420 round trip for Premium Economy and $4,720 for a seat in Business. Passengers can also use their Singapore KrisFlyer miles to book awards for both classes.
United also offers a non-stop flight between Singapore and Los Angeles, however, they have already announced their plans to terminate the service as of October 27 this year. This means that Singapore Airlines will be dominating the route offering a superb service onboard its new A350-900ULR aircraft.
Singapore Airline is able to offer the non-stop service between Singapore and Los Angeles and Newark as a result of the expected delivery of the Airbus A350-900ULR aircraft. The airline expects to receive the first out of the seven ordered planes towards the end of this year.
The jet will be configured in just two classes – Premium Economy and Business and will offer no Economy cabin, which given the length of the flight is a wise move. The aircraft seats a total of 161 passengers: 67 in Business in a 1-2-1 configuration and 94 in Premium Economy in a 2-4-2 configuration.
The A350-900URL jets that the airline will fly on its Newark-Singapore route will have exactly the same configuration.
Singapore Airlines is planning to use one of its long-haul planes on a third American destination. The airline will deploy one of the jets on a Singapore – San Francisco route it already operates thus enhancing the frequency of the service as of November 28, 2018.