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World’s longest non-stop flights are back

New home for Singapore Airlines in New York

Commencing 9 November 2020, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will return to New York with new non-stop flights between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). 


A parked SIA A350-900


SIA says that switching from Newark International Airport to JFK allows it to operate a better mix of passenger and cargo traffic on services to New York “in the current operating climate”. 


A growing number of transfer passengers who can now transit via Changi will also support the new direct service, it says. 


With 42 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy Class and 187 Economy Class seats, SIA will operate its Airbus A350-900 aircraft on the three-times weekly service. Flight codes will be SQ23/24. 


Singapore Airlines will continue to review operations to the US, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, before reinstating other services to the country. It currently also flies directly to Los Angeles. 


Singapore skyline


“Operating these flights between Singapore and New York’s JFK International Airport represent an important step in the rebuilding of our global network,” Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President Commercial Lee Lik Hsin remarked. 


“Non-stop ultra-long services are the bedrock of our services to the key U.S. market. We will continue to ramp up existing services and reinstate other points as the demand for both passenger and cargo services return.”


“Our customers say that they are increasingly confident about air travel, given the robust health and safety measures that are in place, as well as testing regimes to protect them and our staff.” 


“This optimism is also driven by recent moves by countries such as Singapore, which are easing the restrictions on both transit and inbound passengers in a safe and gradual manner.”


The new service will also provide the only non-stop air cargo link from the US Northeast to Singapore. And speaking of cargo, in December, the route between Melbourne and Changi will become the most flown sector across the entire SIA fleet.


The new SIN-JFK schedule:



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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 21 October 2020

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