Air connectivity between Singapore and United States has once again be established with nonstop flights to San Francisco after a gap of three years. Singapore Airlines recently launched its nonstop flights on Singapore-San Francisco route amid celebrations.
The inaugural flight landed at San Francisco International Airport mid-morning on October 24, 2016. Singapore Airlines is operating the new service with the help of its newly acquired Airbus A350-900 aircraft, configured with three classes – 42 seats in business class, 24 seats in premium economy and 187 seats in economy class. Though, the airline’s much-vaunted first class is missing. The business class seats are however said to be the widest in the industry.
Airline data provider OAG has said that the new Singapore-San Francisco route being currently operated by Singapore Airlines is the third longest in the world based on distance. The customers traveling from either Singapore or United States would be required to spend longer hours in the sky. According to the airline, the flight duration of Singapore-bound flight would be of 17 hours 15 minutes, while the return flight from San Francisco would be of 14 hours 35 minutes. The actual flight time would however be varying depending on weather and winds. Moreover, with the airline deploying its new Airbus A350-900 aircraft, it will be conducting the world’s longest scheduled flight using that aircraft.
The Singapore-San Francisco route is being served by other international airlines as well. Apart from Singapore Airlines, Star Alliance partner United Airlines this year launched its flights services on the route in June, and is serving it with the help of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts. This is the longest route to be served by any U.S. airline and also the world’s longest to be operated with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Apart from operating nonstop flights between Singapore and San Francisco, Singapore Airlines is also serving other U.S. destinations as well, including flights to New York JFK and Houston with stopover in European cities before proceeding onwards to Singapore.