9 SEPTEMBER 2019
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In what is being labelled “an historic expansion” of non-stop long-haul operations, Singapore Airlines (SIA) is forging ahead in serving the US market with the departure last week of its inaugural service between Singapore and Seattle.
The Airbus A350 XWB flight departed Changi International Airport on Tuesday at 09:27 Singapore time and arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on the same day 7min early at 08:58 US Pacific time.
Seattle is the fourth US destination after Los Angeles, New York Newark and San Francisco to be served non-stop from Singapore. The Seattle flights will initially be operated three times weekly before increasing to four times weekly next month.
This will bring the total number of weekly non-stop Singapore – US services to 31. Combined with SIA’s existing one-stop services to Houston, Los Angeles, New York JFK and San Francisco, total US service frequency will increase to 57 per week.
Of SIA’s four US destinations, the Singapore – New York Newark non-stop service, relaunched on 11 October last year (BTN 15 October 2018), is currently the world’s longest commercial flight.
Operated by an Airbus A350-900ULR, the inaugural flight covered 15,289km (about 9,500mi) in 17hr 52min. The launch flight between Singapore and Seattle covered 13,369km (about 8,307mi) with a flight time of 14hr 31min.
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