Singapore Airlines to serve San Francisco non-stop from October

16 Jun 2016 by Clement Huang
Singapore Airlines will launch a daily non-stop return service between Singapore and San Francisco from October 23. The Star Alliance member had originally planned to operate the service with the yet-to-be delivered A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range). However, it has now decided to operate the route this year using the standard A350-900. The introduction of the new non-stop service will also affect SIA’s other flights to the US West Coast. The airline currently serves San Francisco twice daily, with one flight operating via Hong Kong and the other via Seoul Incheon. Rather than increasing overall frequency of its flights to the Golden City, SIA will re-route its existing Singapore–Seoul–San Francisco flight to a Singapore–Seoul–Los Angeles flight instead. This will result in the carrier operating a second daily service to Los Angeles, which an SIA spokesperson confirmed was very much needed due to high demand for the route. Fewer seats will be sold during the winter months due to payload restrictions  While the 253-seater A350 will operate flights to San Francisco all year round, SIA has revealed that it will be selling fewer seats during the winter season. The jet stream is stronger during this time of year, which results in longer flight times. To compensate for this, the airline will have to implement some payload restrictions. Flight SQ32 will depart Singapore at 0830 and arrive in San Francisco at 0815, with a total flight duration of 15hrs 45mins. The return flight sees SQ31 take off from San Francisco at 1045 before arriving back in Singapore at 1840 the following day. The flight duration for this sector will be 16hrs 55mins. Passengers flying between Singapore and Hong Kong will soon be able to enjoy a regular A350 service  In other news, SIA will also deploy the A350 on one of its daily Singapore–Hong Kong services starting tomorrow. An airline source revealed that the fuel-efficient aircraft will begin operating flights SQ890/891, replacing the existing B777-200. The airline’s online booking platform has been updated to reflect the change in operating aircraft. SQ890's schedule shows that the A350 will be operating the flight daily Service times will remain unchanged. Flight SQ890 departs Singapore at 0735 before arriving in Hong Kong at 1120. The return flight takes off from Hong Kong at 1230 before touching back down in Singapore at 1620. Meanwhile, following similar news by Korean Air earlier this week, SIA has also decided to axe its flights to Sao Paulo, Brazil due to weak performance on the route. The carrier currently operates a thrice-weekly service to Sao Paulo via Barcelona, but the last flight to Brazil will be on October 20. Services between Singapore and Barcelona will be unaffected. For more information, visit Clement Huang
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