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Singapore Airlines restarting Frankfurt-New York and Hong Kong-San Francisco flights

Singapore Airlines will resume two more fifth freedom flights in November: Frankfurt to New York and Hong Kong to San Francisco

Singapore Airlines announced that it will reinstate two fifth freedom services to USA in November 2021, using the four-class Boeing 777-300ERs.

The two services will resume SIA’s pre-pandemic connection between Frankfurt and New York as well as Hong Kong and San Francisco. Both these services will originate from Singapore to Frankfurt and Hong Kong respectively, before carrying on to USA.

SIA last flew between Hong Kong and San Francisco in February 2020, and between Frankfurt and New York in March 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking hold.

Tapping on reopening markets

This is the continuation of SIA’s strategy in tapping on regions with progressively relaxed border measures in recent months. SIA has earlier in the year launched intra-Europe flights between Copenhagen and Rome, and also introduced a Taipei – Los Angeles service.

In this latest development, SIA is definitely counting on the latest development in USA, who will ease restrictions and accept fully vaccinated travellers from 33 countries once again beginning November. Singapore is on the list of countries.

New USA services: Schedules

The two new services commencing November are:

SQ25/26 – Frankfurt to New York
SQ7/8 – Hong Kong to San Francisco

The full schedule are as follow:

SQ7/8 – Singapore – Hong Kong – San Francisco
(beginning 2 Nov 2021)

Singapore – Hong Kong – San Francisco
RouteDay of OpsDepartArriveFlight TimeAircraft
Singapore – Hong KongTue, Thu, Sat082512254hB777-300ER
Hong Kong – San FranciscoTue, Thu, Sat1340094012hB777-300ER
San Francisco – Hong KongTue, Thu, Sat13001910(+1)15h 10mB777-300ER
Hong Kong – SingaporeWed, Fri, Sun20400040(+1)4hB777-300ER

SQ26/25 – Singapore – Frankfurt – New York JFK
(beginning 1 Nov 2021)

Singapore – Frankfurt – New York JFK
RouteDay of OpsDepartArriveFlight TimeAircraft
Singapore – FrankfurtDaily23550620(+1)13h 25mB777-300ER
Frankfurt – New York JFKDaily082012158h 55mB777-300ER
New York JFK – FrankfurtDaily21150950(+1)7h 35mB777-300ER
Frankfurt – SingaporeDaily11400650(+1)12h 10mB777-300ER

Unfortunately, SIA will not be mounting an Airbus A380 for SQ26/25. The double decker jumbos remain in storage, although part of the fleet will return to the skies soon. This also means those who are waiting to take a ride in the coveted Suites will just have to wait a while longer.

For Frankfurt, there are also three times weekly Singapore – Frankfurt – Singapore SQ326/325 flights (which operate as VTL services on the FRA-SIN leg).

Boeing 777-300ERs

Singapore Airlines will mounting its Boeing 777-300ERs for both USA services.

Singapore Airlines B777-300ER

The aircraft comprises 4 cabin classes, which can take 264 passengers. The number of seats available in each cabin are as follow:

Premium Economy28

Final thoughts

With the resumption of these flights, SIA would have restored about two-thirds of its pre-Covid-19 roster of services to and from USA.

These developments are a natural follow up as countries start easing border restrictions. As USA opens up quarantine-free travel for vaccinated travellers from all of EU, the Frankfurt–New York leg is definitely geared at tapping travel between Europe and USA, which traditionally see strong demand pre Covid-19.

It would be fair to say that this will definitely not be the last of SIA’s fifth freedom ventures. The more interesting question is: where next?

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