This morning word leaked that Singapore Airlines would be announcing non-stop service between San Francisco and Singapore with an Airbus A350. That’s true.
But some details earlier were speculative, which Singapore has clarified, and they’ve announced a second new flight as well!
- San Francisco – Singapore non-stop will be on an Airbus A350 “configured with 253 seats in three classes: 42 in Business, 24 in Premium Economy and 187 in Economy Class” (so not “around 170 seats”). In other words, it’s a standard Singapore A350 configuration.
— Singapore Airlines (@SingaporeAir) March 2, 2016
- It will launch October 23, 2016. There’s no first class, but it does have one of my favorite business class products.
Singapore Airlines Business Class, Boeing 777-300ER
- The flight will replace Singapore’s current SQ15/16 San Francisco – Seoul – Singapore service. San Francisco – Hong Kong – Singapore will continue.
- Singapore Airlines will be introducing a second Los Angeles flight in October, Los Angeles – Seoul – Singapore, operated with a Boeing 777-300ER (which does offer first class).
Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER First Class
- Los Angeles will be losing the Airbus A380. Existing Los Angeles – Tokyo Narita – Singapore service will be downgauged to a Boeing 777-300ER. (It doesn’t make sense to offer an A380 and a 777 out of LAX it seems.)
Singapore Airlines still plans to introduce non-stop Los Angeles and New York – Singapore service with the new Airbus A350ULR in 2018.
They’re able to offer non-stop service without the ‘ultra long range’ version of the aircraft because San Francisco is actually a shorter flight than Singapore – Los Angeles.
And it’s timely because United has launched non-stop service on the route. Singapore will certainly offer the more desirable inflight product.
I might question adding capacity between San Francisco and Singapore. Two non-stops on the route may be too much. But Singapore is replacing their Seoul flight, which was the weaker performing of the two, and shifting service via Seoul to Los Angeles where they’ll compete against Korean and Asiana but not also United as they do today in San Francisco.
This will make Singapore more competitive than they are today, and it’s great for consumers because the route becomes more competitive with more non-stop seats (so perhaps better price) and with a better inflight product which keeps up pressure on United.