History Singapore Airlines

A history of SIA’s USA flights – Part 1: California Here We Come

It took Singapore Airlines almost a decade to win rights for passenger flights to the USA.

Here's how it all began.

According to data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, in 2019 Singapore Airlines flew 1.1 million passengers to and from a network of six airports in the USA, on over 5,600 passenger flights, each of which was 80% full on average.


By January 2020 over half of SIA’s flights between Changi and America didn’t even need to make a stop on the way, a far cry from the inaugural service in 1979, which stopped twice on the way to San Francisco and three times on the way back.