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Singapore Airlines goes year-round on its new Vancouver route (VTL)

Summer in Canada? Singapore Airlines is extending its new Vancouver route until at least the end of October 2022.

Just three weeks ago Singapore Airlines launched its inaugural flight on the Singapore – Vancouver route, restoring service to and from Canada for the first time in over 12 years and representing the first time the two countries have been linked by a non-stop passenger flight.

The original plan for the new link, which also continues to and from Seattle on all four days of operation per week, was to operate the flights on a seasonal basis from early December 2021 to mid-February 2022.

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Bookings must have been encouraging, because before SIA gave the route a six-week extension through to the end of the winter season, even before the first flight even departed.

Vancouver will be retained all summer

In the latest schedule update for the summer 2022 season, SIA has revealed that the four times weekly Singapore – Vancouver – Seattle flights will continue to operate four times per week for the foreseeable future, and at least until the end of October 2022.

Vancouver keeps its place on the Singapore Airlines route network as a year-round option

The flights retain their days of operation, with only slightly adjusted timings, offering a morning departure from Singapore on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Singapore Vancouver Seattle
Flight Schedule
(29 Mar 2022 – 29 Oct 2022)

SQ28
A350-900
Days
M T W T F S S
SIN
09:00
YVR
08:45
YVR
09:55
SEA
10:45
     

On the way back to Singapore it’s wheels-up from Seattle on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays around midday then from Vancouver at 2.30pm following a brief pit stop, with arrival in Singapore shortly before 10pm the following day.

Seattle Vancouver Singapore
Flight Schedule
(29 Mar 2022 – 29 Oct 2022)

SQ27
A350-900
Days
M T W T F S S
SEA
12:15
YVR
13:00
YVR
14:30
SIN
21:40*
     

* Next day

Singapore Airlines does not have traffic rights to carry passengers solely between Vancouver and Seattle, so those on board for the short hop across the border will either be Seattle-bound passengers who boarded in Singapore in the case of SQ28 or Singapore-bound ones who boarded in Seattle for SQ27.

Fun fact: The service between Vancouver and Seattle is Singapore Airlines’ shortest operating passenger flight on the network, at just 50 minutes gate-to-gate. The two cities are even closer together than Singapore and Kuala Lumpur!

Flights will continue to use 253-seat three-class Airbus A350 Long Haul aircraft, configured as follows:

  • 42 Business Class (2013 J)
  • 24 Premium Economy Class (2013 PY)
  • 187 Economy Class (2013 Y / 2017 Y)
SIA’s Vancouver flights feature the airline’s popular 2013 Business Class seat. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

KrisFlyer rates

Here’s a reminder of the one-way KrisFlyer award rates for SIA flights between Singapore and Vancouver (or Seattle), which is designated in Zone 12 (USA West Coast & Canada) on the latest award chart.

KFtrans

KrisFlyer Redemption
(one-way)
Singapore ⇄ Vancouver / Seattle
  Saver Advantage
Economy 38,000 70,000
Premium Economy 68,000 n/a
Business 95,000 125,000

If you intend to book a firm ticket in an eligible booking class, here’s how many miles it will then cost you to upgrade, assuming saver upgrade award availability in your proposed cabin class.

Upgrade using KrisFlyer miles
Singapore ⇄ Vancouver / Seattle
Upgrading to 2013 W (Singapore Airlines).jpg
Premium
11A 2
Business
Existing booking
Economy Standard
(Class: M, H, W)
49,000 85,500
Economy Flexi
(Class: Y, B, E)
32,500 68,000
Premium Economy Standard
(Class: P)
61,000
Premium Economy Flexi
(Class: S, T)
48,000

Purchasing a cash ticket and upgrading using KrisFlyer miles isn’t usually good value, but it can work nicely if your company is purchasing your base ticket, especially if they opt for a ‘Flexi’ fare category.

SIA’s inaugural non-stop flight arriving in Vancouver. (Photo: Vancouver Airport)

Vaccinated Travel Lane flights

All SQ27 flights from Seattle to Singapore and Vancouver to Singapore operate as designated Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) services, allowing quarantine-free arrival in Singapore for fully vaccinated travellers with an appropriate 14-day travel history.

VTL flights are specifically highlighted in the SIA booking system, with a full list including non-SIA carriers available here

The full VTL flight schedule for these routes from now until the end of October 2022, including days of operation and timings in the current winter season, is available below (click to expand):

Note that this service operates via Vancouver until 31st May 2022, with a 1 hour 30 minute transit stop en-route to Singapore.

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ27
A350-900
SEA
12:15
SIN

21:40*

* Next day

Important

From 1st April 2022, there will be no more designated VTL flights to Singapore.
All fully vaccinated travellers can enter quarantine-free on any flight operated by any airline on any route.

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ27
A350-900
YVR
14:30
SIN

21:40*

* Next day

Important

From 1st April 2022, there will be no more designated VTL flights to Singapore.
All fully vaccinated travellers can enter quarantine-free on any flight operated by any airline on any route.

Lounges

When we first wrote about the new Vancouver route, Singapore Airlines had not finalised lounge arrangements for its Business Class, PPS Club, KrisFlyer Gold and Star Alliance Gold passengers prior to departure from Vancouver.

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Now that the route has started, it’s been confirmed that the airline is inviting lounge-eligible guests to the Plaza Premium Lounge within international departures, located at concourse D after the security screening point.

The Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures) at Vancouver Airport. (Photo: Plaza Premium)

There’s a much better option, however, with Air Canada having now reopened its Maple Leaf Lounge, at concourse D near gate 52. As a Star Alliance facility, it welcomes all lounge-eligible travellers on SIA’s flight to Singapore, even though you’ll be directed by the check-in staff to use the Plaza Premium lounge.

Bar at the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge in Vancouver. (Pho