With these latest flight resumptions, SIA now serves four cities in Japan and three U.S. destinations.
The Lion City’s flag carrier is pushing ahead with cautious efforts to rebuild its global network, increasing flight frequencies on selected routes and adding destinations back to schedules, with the aim of reaching 20 percent of its pre-pandemic passenger capacity by the end of March 2021.
Lately, Singapore Airlines has reinstated nonstop passenger services to San Francisco. Airbus A350-900 aircraft now depart from Changi at 6:40 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, to arrive in the Californian city at 5:20 p.m. local time after 14 hours 40 minutes in the air. The return leg is slightly longer at 17 hours 35 minutes, with flights taking off from San Francisco at 20:50 p.m. Pacific Time and touching down in Singapore at 6:25 a.m. two days ahead. Elsewhere in the United States, the carrier also flies nonstop to Los Angeles and New York JFK.
Closer to home, SIA recently resumed flights to Nagoya. Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners have been deployed for the six-hour, 10-minute red-eye service, which leaves Changi at 1:50 a.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays to touch down at Chubu Centrair International Airport at 9 a.m. Following a turnaround time of less than 90 minutes, the plane will depart Nagoya at 10:20 a.m. and arrive back in Singapore at 4:15 p.m. after six hours and 55 minutes in the air. Other Japanese destinations currently served by the carrier include Fukuoka, Osaka-Kansai, and Tokyo-Narita.
Singapore Airlines is also streamlining its operations in Southeast Asia and Taiwan on routes flown by multiple SIA Group carriers. Scoot’s services to Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Perth are now suspended as Singapore Airlines and SilkAir have increased flight frequencies to those cities. Meanwhile, Scoot is ramping up the number of services to Penang and Surabaya; SilkAir and SIA have temporarily stopped flying on the same routes. Singapore Airlines will also halt flights to Taipei starting on December 16, with Scoot making up for the reduction in seats.
In a statement, the aviation company explained that these adjustments were “the result of a detailed review to determine which airlines in the SIA Group portfolio are best suited to meet evolving customer and cargo demand.”
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