According to an article in today’s Business Times, Singapore Airlines (SQ) is “impatient to restore nonstop flights to the US”.
SQ stopped their all business class direct service to Newark, NJ on the 23rd of November 2013. Qantas subsequently took the title of the longest non-stop flight with their service between Sydney and Dallas. We previously reviewed first class on Qantas’ Dallas – Sydney flight.
Currently, Singapore Airlines operates services to Los Angeles via Tokyo-Narita, San Francisco via Hong Kong or Seoul, New York-JFK via Frankfurt, and Houston via Moscow-Domodedovo. The Houston service alone is around a 24-hour journey so non-stop services would help Singapore Airlines compete against rival Cathay Pacific who operate 6 direct services from Hong Kong to destinations in the United States.
Singapore Airlines’ previous services to Newark and Los Angeles were operated by 100-seat, all business class A340-500s, that apparently proved to be unprofitable. We’re still several years away (if ever) from seeing Singapore Airlines resume non-stop flights between Singapore and the US. According to the Business Times article, the driver of any services will be new ‘advanced’ planes such as Boeing’s upcoming 777X (which is slated to be in commercial operation by the end of the decade).
Nothing to get too excited about just yet, but in the meantime on Singapore Airlines services to Los Angeles and San Francisco (via Hong Kong), you can still enjoy their flasghip suites class (which we reviewed on the Sydney – Singapore route).