Singapore Airlines will re-launch New York – Singapore non-stop service on November 9 using an Airbus A350-900. The flight will operate from to and from New York JFK, rather than Newark which the airline’s previous world’s longest flight used. Service will operate 3 days a week.
This isn’t like the old days with all business class service, or even all business and premium economy: the plane will have 42 business class, 24 premium economy and 187 coach seats.
I learned this before finishing my coffee so had to re-read the details several times because Singapore plans to fly non-stop from the East Coast without using an A350ULR (‘ultra long range’). That’s been possible in the past from Seattle and San Francisco. Perhaps with only a handful of passengers significant weight restrictions on a longer flight won’t be a practical issue (since demand will be lower than what the plane is able to accommodate). I’ve asked for more details on this.
|Flight||Flight Days||Departure Time||Arrival Time||Flight Time|
|SQ 24 SIN-JFK||Mon, Wed, Sat||0225||0730||18 hours 5 minutes|
|SQ 23 JFK-SIN||Mon, Wed, Fri||2230||0610 (+2 days)||18 hours 40 minutes|
Singapore Airlines Airbus A350
Before the pandemic, these were the 10 longest flights in the world. Singapore Airlines operated its New York area non-stop fron Newark, where there was potential connectivity with United. There’s less connectivity now. New York passenger flying is down not just because of Covid-19 but down more than other areas because of mandatory 14 day quarantine for arrivals (but not connections) from most of the country. And Singapore’s relationship with United has been strained for many years. Covid accelerates decisions and causes a re-think of strategies. Hence the move for this flight from Newark to New York JFK.
|New York JFK||Manila||Philippine Airlines||8520|
United’s new San Francisco – Bangalore flight would become the 6th longest flight at 8701 miles. United’s non-stop San Francisco – Singapore flight, by the way, has been operated with the airline’s old 2-2-2 business class. Not only was it inferior before the pandemic but it’s uniquely undesirable during the Covid era where distancing is at a premium. The airline does continue to retrofit more planes to offer Polaris seats, however.
The return of the New York – Singapore non-stop is great news on one level, but the airline emphasizes the role of cargo in this decision. The specifically cite pharmaceuticals and technology.
Singapore has operated its Los Angeles non-stop throughout the pandemic. Their San Francisco, Seattle, New York – Frankfurt – Singapore and Houston – Manchester – Singapore services haven’t (yet) been restored.
Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 Business Class
While more passengers are able to connect through Singapore Americans are banned from entering the country. It’s one of the first destinations on my list once health restrictions are lifted and I’m able to go on a pilgrimage for good laksa, prawn mee soup, chili crab and more.