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Singapore Airlines announces schedule through to March 2022

Singapore Airlines is returning to Houston in December, while also increasing flights to the Maldives, extending A350 operation to Phuket, and upgauging some London flights to A380s.

Check out our full breakdown of the latest update to the airline's flight schedules.

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.

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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.

Singapore Airlines is reintroducing some of its Airbus A380s into passenger service next month. (Photo: Marcus Mainka)

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.

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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).

The popular 2013 Business Class seats will feature on SIA’s Phuket route throughout December 2021. (Photo: High Tech Flight)

January 2022 flights, which switch to the evening SQ738/735, will use two-class Airbus A350 Regional aircraft with the 2018 Business Class seats.

SIA’s A350 Regional Business Class. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

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.

The inaugural Copenhagen – Rome flight. (Photo: Copenhagen Airport)

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.

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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.

Houston is not joinng the VTL list. (Photo: Vlad Busuioc)

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.

Non-VTL, unfortunately

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.



 


 

Headline figures

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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All routes not listed below are cancelled during this period, or will have cargo-only operation.

VTL flights exist on this route
New route

Singapore Airlines Routes
Short-haul & Asia

(Nov 2021 – Mar 2022)
City Month(s) Acft
Nov-Dec ’21 Jan-Mar ’22
Bangkok   21/wk
(was 18/wk)
  21/wk 359
359R

Brunei 3/wk 3/wk 738
Check VTL flights on this route
Chongqing 1/wk 1/wk 787
Colombo 5/wk 5/wk 359R
  Denpasar   7/wk
(fm 16/11)
  7/wk 787
Dhaka 7/wk 7/wk 359R
Fukuoka 2/wk 2/wk 787
Hanoi* 10/wk
10/wk 359
359R
Ho Chi Minh* 10/wk 10/wk 359
359R
Hong Kong 14/wk 14/wk 359
77W
Jakarta   28/wk
(was 24/wk)
  28/wk 359
77W
Kathmandu* 4/wk 4/wk 738
Kuala Lumpur 18/wk 18/wk 359
388
738
Malé 7/wk   13/wk 738
Manila 21/wk 21/wk 359R
Medan 2/wk 2/wk 738
Nagoya 3/wk 3/wk 787
Osaka 7/wk 7/wk 359R
Phnom Penh   12/wk
(was 9/wk)
  12/wk 738
Phuket 14/wk 14/wk 359
738
Seoul 6/wk 6/wk 787
Check VTL flights on this route
Shanghai 1/wk 1/wk 787
Shenzhen 1/wk 1/wk 359R
Taipei 7/wk 7/wk 359
787

Tokyo Haneda 3/wk 3/wk 359R
Tokyo Narita 11/wk
11/wk 77W
787
Yangon* 2/wk 2/wk 359R
Total 227/wk
233/wk
 

* Cargo-only from Singapore, pax and cargo back to Singapore
The latest updated schedules including days of operation is available at this dedicated page on the Singapore Airlines website.

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Singapore Airlines Routes
Australia & Long-haul

(Nov 2021 – Mar 2022)
City Month Acft
Nov-Dec ’21 Jan-Mar ’22
Adelaide   5/wk
(was 3/wk)
  5/wk 359R
Amsterdam 7/wk 7/wk 359
Check VTL flights on this route
Auckland 10/wk 10/wk 359
Barcelona
(via MXP)
  5/wk
(was 3/wk)
  5/wk 359
Check VTL flights on this route
Brisbane 14/wk 14/wk 359R
Cape Town
(via JNB)
2/wk 2/wk 359
Christchurch 4/wk 4/wk 359
Copenhagen   4/wk
(was 3/wk)
  4/wk
359
Check VTL flights on this route
Dubai 5/wk 5/wk 359R
Frankfurt   14/wk
(was 10/wk)
  14/wk 77W
Check VTL flights on this route
  Houston
(via MAN)
   3/wk
(fm 1/12)
   3/wk 359
Istanbul   3/wk
(was 2/wk)
  3/wk 359
Johannesburg 5/wk
5/wk 359
London   21/wk
(was 18/wk)
  21/wk 359
388
Check VTL flights on this route
Los Angeles^
(incl. via NRT/TPE)
13/wk 13/wk 359
77W
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Manchester 3/wk 3/wk 359
Melbourne 14/wk 14/wk 359R
Milan   5/wk
(was 3/wk)
  5/wk 359
Check VTL flights on this route
Moscow 3/wk 3/wk 359
Munich   6/wk
(was 5/wk)
   6/wk 359
Check VTL flights on this route
New York JFK
(incl. via FRA)
  14/wk
(was 7/wk)
  14/wk 359ULR
77W
Check VTL flights on this route
Paris 7/wk 7/wk 77W
Check VTL flights on this route
Perth 14/wk 14/wk 787
Rome
(via CPH)
  4/wk
(was 3/wk)
  4/wk 359
Check VTL flights on this route
San Francisco
(incl. via HKG)
  10/wk
(was 7/wk)
  10/wk 359ULR
77W
Check VTL flights on this route
  Seattle
(via YVR)
  4/wk
(fm 2/12)
  4/wk
(till 15/2)
359
Check VTL flights on this route
Sydney 17/wk 17/wk 359R
388
77W
787
  Vancouver   4/wk
(fm 2/12)
  4/wk
(till 15/2)
359
Check VTL flights on this route
Zurich 7/wk 7/wk 359
Total 227/wk
227/wk
 

^ Passengers cannot travel from Singapore to Los Angeles via Taipei due to transit restrictions. TPE-LAX traffic only on this route.
The latest updated schedules including days of operation is available at this dedicated page on the Singapore Airlines website.

Beyond its seasonal service in December, January and February, we had expected to see non-stop Seattle flights back on the route map, but this has not been programmed at the time of writing.

London remains the busiest long-haul route, now boasting 21 weekly services, including a Suites option on Airbus A380s once per day.

A380 Suites are back on London flights. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Remembering SilkAir

SilkAir’s passenger operations came to an end in May 2021, with the airline now only operating empty test flights and all passenger routes transferred to Singapore Airlines.

Don’t miss our tribute to the ‘Regional Wing’, including many details of its long history, some of which may surprise you.

Which routes are left?

With 56 destinations across the Singapore Airlines and former SilkAir network now reinstated, it’s interesting to consider which cities or airports are still to be added to the list (or not, as the case may be).

Here’s the latest rundown.

  City / Airport
Pending reinstatement
(SIA route)

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  • Ahmedabad
  • Beijing
  • Bengaluru
  • Busan
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Guangzhou
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • Newark
  • Sapporo (seasonal)
  • Surabaya
Pending reinstatement
(former SilkAir route)

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  • Bandung
  • Cairns
  • Chengdu
  • Da Nang
  • Darwin
  • Hyderabad
  • Kochi
  • Siem Reap
  • Xiamen
Transferred to Scoot
(and still pending reinstatement)

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  • Balikpapan
  • Lombok
  • Makassar
  • Semarang
  • Yogyakarta
Discontinued since COVID-19
(no planned reinstatement)
  • Brussels
  • Canberra
  • Dusseldorf
  • Hiroshima
  • Koh Samui
  • Stockholm
  • Wellington


 


 

Summary

There have certainly been a raft of announcements and route updates recently from Singapore Airlines, including the return of Frankfurt – New York and Hong Kong – San Francisco services, plus of course the significant expansion of the quarantine-free VTL scheme, which now includes 11 countries.

While this schedule extension through to March 2022 is a nice baseline, we can expect more short-term additions to the list as borders are continually relaxed in the weeks and months ahead, with Japan and Australia already known to be VTL expansion targets, potentially this year.

It will also be interesting to see whether deployment of Airbus A380s is rolled out to the parts of the network.

Stay tuned for more SIA schedule developments no doubt still to come.

(Cover Photo: Peter Gronemann)

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10 comments

  1. Since both USA and UK are VTL countries, Houston flight could transfer via Manchester to catch the VTL flight from London to Singapore to be quarantine free. No?

  2. Thanks. In that case it will be more sensible to fly from Houston to any SQ VTL cities in USA to get back to SG quarantine free.

  3. In your list of former silkair flight you do not mention either Cebu and Davao. Do we know if they will be reinstated or no planned reinstatement

  4. I don’t understand your rationale for IAH-MAN-SIN being non VTL so that pre departure PCR isn’t required for IAH-MAN. Surely at check in, those who fly IAH-MAN only would not have to show a PCR if it’s not required so long as they are not continuing to SIN if the flight was VTL. Reason I ask is because I am doing a 5th freedom flight between FCO and CPH on SQ, surely there’s no pre departure test requirement if I am only travelling on this segment, even if the continuing CPH-SIN flight is VTL.

    In terms of schedule, a bit surprised SQ hasn’t dumped more capacity into SYD or at least redirected it from other Aus ports given the expected quarantine free entry through SYD versus say MEL or BNE.

    1. Yes that’s an interesting disparity.

      I don’t know why they would allow those who don’t meet the VTL requirements to fly on a VTL flight from Rome to Copenhagen (alongside passengers on the same flight who do have to comply as they are continuing to Singapore), but would then not allow this same rule to apply for example on the first sector of JFK-FRA-SIN or IAH-MAN-SIN.

      So perhaps there is chance for these flights to upgrade to VTL status soon?

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