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SIA reveals another US destination

Singapore Airlines will fly non-stop to Seattle from September 2019, making it the fifth city in its big US push.

Seattle will become the fifth US city in Singapore Airlines’ route network when new flights are introduced next year, the carrier announces today.

The non-stop route is due to be launched on September 3, 2019, and will initially be operated three times a week before increasing to four in October.

Airbus A350-900 aircraft will be used on the route, fitted with 42 business class seats, 24 in premium economy class and 187 in economy. Flight SQ28 will depart Singapore at 09:25 every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and arrive in Seattle at 09:05 on the same day local time.

The return sector, operated as SQ27, will depart Seattle at 10:40 on the same days of the week and arrive in Singapore the following day at 17:30. From October flights on Sundays will be added.

“Our new non-stop flights to Seattle are another demonstration of our commitment to expand our operations in the important US market and grow our network reach,” says Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong.

“The new services will also further strengthen the Singapore hub by providing customers faster and more convenient connectivity from key markets such as Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australasia to North America.”

Home to the headquarters of a large number of major US corporations, the Emerald City is also one of the fastest growing cities in the US and is a popular venue for startups.

It is also a tourist destination, famous for its evergreen forests and parks, arts and cultural scene and as a gateway for cruises to Alaska.

The new Seattle flights will complement SIA’s existing services to the US cities of Houston, Los Angeles, New York (both JFK and Newark airports) and San Francisco. The San Francisco route will increase from seven to ten flights a week from November 28.

Singapore Airlines recently introduced daily non-stop flights between Singapore and New York Newark, the world’s longest regularly scheduled flight, and – from tomorrow – will also fly non-stop between Singapore and Los Angeles, which will be the fifth-longest in the world.

It is the Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) aircraft that have facilitated this growth for the airline.

Singapore Airlines will operate 53 flights per week to the USA by December 2018. With the introduction of the new Seattle flights next year, total US frequency will increase to 57 flights per week.

Sek Eng Lee, Singapore Airlines’ regional vice president-Americas, tells the newspaper USA Today, that the moves are “a huge expansion of our U.S. network”.

The twin-engine A350 first began flying for airlines in 2015. The ULR version is capable of flying about 11,100 statute miles (17,860 kilometres) while carrying a normal load of passengers and cargo.

Singapore Airlines took delivery of its first A350 in 2016 and has a total of 60 on order – and another seven of the ULR variant. Four of the ULRs and 21 of the A350-900s have been delivered so far. These replace its older, gas-guzzling, four-engine Airbus A340s.

Seattle stood out “because we know this economy has been growing very rapidly,” says Lee, citing names such as Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing. “These big companies are based there, and we see that there is a growing market,” he said, adding that “there also is growing demand from the leisure market, as well.”

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