Singapore Airlines will begin non-stop daily flights between Singapore and San Francisco from October 23.
The new direct route will see the airline's factory-fresh Airbus A350 jet pressed into service on a flight that'll take an average of 16 hours, but with about 90 minutes either side depending on the flight's direction and the weather conditions.
First impressions: Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350 business class
SQ32 will depart Singapore at 8.30am to reach San Francisco at 9.15am the same day, which is great timing for the business traveller.
The SQ31 return leg is wheels-up from Fog City at 10.45am for a 6.40pm arrival into Singapore the following day.
Singapore Airlines will also retain its current Singapore-Hong Kong-San Francisco route, while the current Singapore-Seoul-San Francisco flight will be re-routed to become a Singapore-Seoul-Los Angeles service from October 23.
The move comes ahead of Singapore Airlines' plan to restart non-stop flights to Los Angeles and New York from 2018 using a new ultra-long-range version of the Airbus A350, which will be fitted with all-new business class seats currently being designed for its second raft of Airbus A380s.
Airbus has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the ULR jets will have only around 170 seats, compared to some 300 in SQ's standard mid-range A350.
Singapore Airlines previously ran non-stop ‘all business class’ flights to Los Angeles and NY-adjacent Newark on the older four-engined Airbus A340 fitted with 100 seats, but axed the service in 2013 due to the rising fuel costs.
Singapore Airlines currently flies to Los Angeles and San Francisco via Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo; New York via Frankfurt; and Houston with a stop in Moscow.
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