Singapore Airlines is mulling to resume its nonstop business class flights to New York and Los Angeles, which were scrapped in late 2013 because the routes proved to be unprofitable. Both the routes were greatly preferred by the business travellers. The airline has now said that the business travellers desperately want the routes to be restored.
Media reports recently said that Singapore Airlines has decided to resume its flights services on these routes in 2018. The airline will deploy its new ultra long-range Airbus A350-900ULR aircraft being presently designed by the aircraft maker. Apart from Los Angeles and New York, the airline will also consider other destinations in the United States for launching nonstop flights to the tropical city-state of Singapore.
The reports said that the nonstop flights between Singapore’s Changi International Airport and New York’s Newark Liberty International Airport take around 18 to 19 hours, depending on the winds. However, the nonstop Singapore-Los Angeles route is about an hour shorter. The new design being made by Airbus for Singapore Airline’s ultra long-range Airbus A350-900ULR aircraft will be largely based on composite materials. The aim is to make the aircraft lighter and help the airline to make savings with reduced fuel consumption.
A new business class cabin is being planned by Singapore Airlines for Newark Liberty-Singapore and Los Angeles-Singapore routes. The airline has however decided not to reveal the details on the number of seats or amenities to be provided to business class flyers at the moment. Earlier, the airline offered 100 business class seats on Airbus A340 aircrafts which it flew on the two routes.