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Singapore Airlines will begin direct flights to Seattle in September 2019, marking the fourth non-stop US destination for the airline's fuel-efficient Airbus A350 jets.
The Star Alliance member, which recently resumed direct flights between Singapore and New York, will add Seattle to its network from 3 September 2019 with the 'standard' version of the A350-900, rather than the two-class A350-900ULR 'ultra-long range' jet.
Read our review of Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350 business class seat here.
Flight SQ28 will initially depart Singapore at 9.25am every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving in Seattle at 9.05am on the same day.
The SQ27 return leg will depart Seattle at 10.40am on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to reach Singapore the following day at 5.30pm.
From October 2019, the flights will increase to four times a week and run on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
As home to technology giants such as Microsoft and Amazon plus 'satellite' offices of Silicon Valley-based companies like Google and Facebook, Seattle's tech cred is an obvious drawcard for Singapore's business travellers and comes second only to San Francisco as the USA's top tech market.
However, Seattle is also a refreshingly different US city with plenty of appeal in its own right. It serves as a gateway to Canada via Vancouver, and anchors a sizeable cruise market into Alaska and tours through the Canadian Rockies.
Singapore Airlines will start non-stop flights to Los Angeles on November 2, also on the two-class Airbus A350-900ULR, and already flies daily to San Francisco.
Seattle is also on the radar for Qantas and its Boeing 787 Dreamliners as an alternative to Chicago, should the US Department of Transport rule against a joint venture with American Airlines which would allow the two airlines to coordinate on flight schedules and pricing to Chicago.
"We are working through the DoT application and we are still confident we will get anti-trust immunity," Joyce told Australian Business Traveller earlier this. "Chicago is a big American Airlines hub and you do need a partnership to make it effective, we've shown clearly how that happens in Dallas."
But Seattle is waiting in the wings, and Joyce has a dollar each way in this race, saying "we have a great relationship with Alaska Airlines."