Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched its new Singapore-San Francisco service, linking Singapore with the US West Coast on a non-stop basis. The new flights will be operated daily using Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
The inaugural flight, SQ32, departed Singapore Changi Airport at 0925hrs local time on Monday and arrived at San Francisco Airport at approximately 0850hrs local time. The aircraft deployed for the inaugural flight is Singapore Airlines’ sixth A350-900, which also happens to be the 10,000th aircraft delivered by Airbus. This milestone aircraft was received at a special ceremony in Toulouse, France earlier this month and has a ‘10,000th Airbus Aircraft’ logo on the fuselage.
The new flights are the longest in the Singapore Airlines network. The flying time will range between 14:35hrs and 17:45hrs depending on the direction and time of year.
Customers departing from Singapore and San Francisco were treated to an assortment of food and beverages at special boarding gate events held to commemorate the inaugural flights. Customers received an exclusive gift pack containing collectables and three lucky passengers walked away with 10,000 KrisFlyer miles as well as S $ 350 worth of KrisShop vouchers during a special game segment held at the gatehold room.
With advanced technology and superior operating efficiency, the A350-900 offers customers an improved travelling experience with features such as higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting designed to reduce jetlag.
Singapore Airlines took delivery of its first A350-900 in March and now has six of the aircraft types in its fleet, with another 61 on firm order, including seven of the ultra-long-range A350-900ULR variant. Singapore Airlines is the launch customer for the A350-900ULR, for which deliveries will begin in 2018. The aircraft will be used to relaunch non-stop flights between Singapore and both New York and Los Angeles.
SIA serves San Francisco twice-daily, with the other flight operating via Hong Kong. Singapore Airlines also serves the US cities of Los Angeles via both Seoul Incheon and Tokyo Narita, Houston via Moscow and New York JFK via Frankfurt. (Houston services will be operated via Manchester rather than Moscow with effect from October 30, 2016).