Singapore Airlines has announced its flight schedules through to the end of the northern winter season on 26th March 2022, adding almost three months to the previously confirmed route list, which was published through to 31st December 2021.
Seasonal additions include Seattle and Vancouver, as recently announced, but also there’s a return to Houston on the cards from January 2022, three times weekly as an extension of existing Manchester flights.
Edit: Houston flights are now loaded from 1st December 2021.
As most of our readers will know, the Airbus A380 is finally back in business on daily London flights from 18th November, including Vaccinated Travel Lane services on the way back to Singapore. The superjumbo will also join the Kuala Lumpur route once per day from 4th November to 3rd December, for crew training and familiarisation.
Previously, the earliest the A380s appeared in the schedules was January 2022, so it’s good to see that border relaxations mean we’ll have these popular aircraft to look forward to sooner than expected.
The overall passenger network now stands at 56 cities, with some frequency and aircraft type adjustments since the last update.
Phuket gets A350s for two months
In our last update we reported how the Singapore – Phuket route was getting a capacity boost over the festive season between 17th December 2021 and 11th January 2022.
This has been extended and one of the two daily services will now see an A350 operating for all of December 2021 and all of January 2022.
These flights will operate alongside the usual Boeing 737-800 services, and will mean passengers can experience the latest flat-bed Business Class seats on this short route.
December 2021 flights (SQ728/727) will use A350 Long Haul aircraft with the 2013 Business Class seats installed, plus Economy Class passengers will get the option to sit in the Premium Economy cabin for an additional fee (free for PPS Club members).
January 2022 flights, which switch to the evening SQ738/735, will use two-class Airbus A350 Regional aircraft with the 2018 Business Class seats.
Singapore Airlines has flown flat-bed Business Class seat to Phuket before, using Boeing 777-200ERs on the route in late 2019 and early 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Let’s cross our fingers for a VTL expansion to include the Phuket and Koh Samui ‘sandbox’ schemes by then, so it’s not just transit passengers taking advantage!
Fifth freedom routes further extended
As expected, Singapore Airlines extended operation on its new (and therefore perhaps temporary) fifth freedom routes through the the end of the northern winter season:
- Copenhagen ⇄ Rome
- Taipei ⇄ Los Angeles
These services were originally loaded in the schedule until the end of December 2021, but both have been extended until at least 26th March 2022, with this latest update.
Non-stop flights from Singapore to Rome have therefore been provisionally pushed back until 27th March 2022.
SIA also reinstated service on two other longstanding fifth freedom routes recently, between Frankfurt and New York and between Hong Kong and San Francisco, while it continues to operate Tokyo – Los Angeles flights.
Houston & Manchester are non-VTL
For those eligible to travel under the latest Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) arrangements and arrive in Singapore quarantine-free, the addition of Houston flights to the network from December 2021 may have piqued your interest.
Unfortunately this is not set to be a VTL designated route on the Houston – Manchester – Singapore sectors. Residents returning to Singapore this way will unfortunately face the Category 2 arrival requirements, including 7 days of self-isolation at home and an additional COVID-19 test on Day 7, prior to freedom.
Singapore Airlines is presumably trying to maximise the appeal of this route’s transatlantic segment between Houston and Manchester, now that quarantine-free travel with the US will be possible for UK and European residents from 8th November 2021.
Adding an expensive and inconvenient pre-departure PCR test to the requirements for Houston – Manchester passengers would certainly stifle demand when other carriers on similar routes will not require this.
Of course with the USA and the UK both in the ‘VTL zone’, there’s nothing to stop you flying from Houston to Manchester, then taking a VTL flight from another city (e.g. London or Amsterdam) to Singapore.
See our full list of designated VTL flights for the quarantine-free return options from both the USA and the UK to Singapore.
In total Singapore Airlines will fly over 4,000 passenger flights per month by March 2022, its highest total since schedules were slashed in April 2020.
That’s around 36% of the pre-pandemic monthly total operated on the combined SilkAir / SIA network in early 2019. SilkAir has now been fully merged into SIA.
Singapore Airlines schedule
Here’s a map of the Asia-Pacific destinations Singapore Airlines will be serving between November 2021 and 26th March 2022.
In addition, six North America destinations, 13 European cities, Dubai in the Middle East and both Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa will be served.
Singapore Airlines will be running the following passenger route network between November 2021 and 26th March 2022.
Links to the VTL designated flight schedule have been provided for routes with VTL options.
All routes not listed below are cancelled during this period, or will have cargo-only operation.
VTL flights exist on this route
|Singapore Airlines Routes
Short-haul & Asia
(Nov 2021 – Mar 2022)
|Nov-Dec ’21||Jan-Mar ’22|
|↳||Check VTL flights on this route|
|Ho Chi Minh*||10/wk||10/wk||359