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Singapore Airlines reinstating non-stop Seattle flights

Singapore Airlines will operate three times weekly non-stop flights to Seattle from June, dropping the extension to its Vancouver route, which retains a dedicated non-stop service of its own.

Good news for travellers who have been missing the non-stop link between Singapore and Seattle in the USA, with SIA planning to remove the Vancouver stop on this popular route and reinstate the 16-hour flights from June 2022, for the first time in over two years.

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The service will offer one less weekly frequency than currently available (three per week, down from four), but cutting out the stop in Vancouver will shorten the journey time by two hours in each direction.

Singapore Airlines inaugurated non-stop Seattle flights in September 2019, just six months before COVID-19 forced the route’s suspension. (Photo: AirlineGeeks)

Meanwhile SIA will continue to serve Vancouver three times per week with its own dedicated flight, with service to the Canadian city loaded until the end of the summer season, having originally been planned as a short-term seasonal operation from December 2021 to February 2022.

The current schedule

Singapore – Seattle flights currently operate four times per week via Vancouver, using three-class Airbus A350 Long Haul aircraft.

Singapore Vancouver Seattle
Flight Schedule
(Now – 31 May 2022)

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A350 Long Haul
Days
M T W T F S S
SIN
09:15
YVR
08:30
YVR
09:40
SEA
10:30
     

All SQ27 and SQ29 flights from both Seattle and Vancouver back to Singapore are designated VTL services , for quarantine-free travel.

Seattle Vancouver Singapore
Flight Schedule
(Now – 31 May 2022)

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SQ29

A350 Long Haul
Days
M T W T F S S
SEA
12:00
YVR
12:45
YVR
14:15
SIN
22:05*
     

* Next day
= VTL

These four times weekly services continue to operate through to 31st May 2022, with slightly amended timings from late March for the northern summer season.

Seattle is currently served by SIA as a one-stop service via Vancouver four times per week

The new schedule

From 2nd June 2022 the SQ28/27 Seattle flights switch to non-stop operation, but reduce to three times weekly, with departures from both Singapore and Seattle on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Singapore Seattle
Flight Schedule
(2 Jun – 29 Oct 2022)

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Singapore_Airlines_Small.png SQ28
A350 Long Haul
Days
M T W T F S S
SIN
09:00
SEA
08:45

All three weekly SQ27 flights from Seattle to Singapore remain designated VTL services .

Seattle Singapore
Flight Schedule
(2 Jun – 29 Oct 2022)

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Singapore_Airlines_Small.png SQ27
A350 Long Haul
Days
M T W T F S S
SEA
10:20
SIN
17:30*

* Next day
= VTL

The news also means that Singapore Airlines’ shortest passenger flight on the network, between Seattle and Vancouver will now revert to the more traditional Singapore – KL service.

Seattle route performance

Before the pandemic, Seattle was proving to be a big hit for Singapore Airlines with four times weekly flights recording up to 90% load factors.

Singapore Airlines
Seattle Route Performance

Month This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is SQtrans-small.pngPassenger Load Factor
Singapore

Seattle
Seattle

Singapore
Sep ’19 93.4% 83.1%
Oct ’19 87.3% 90.2%
Nov ’19 88.1% 86.6%
Dec ’19 89.3% 90.3%
Jan ’20 95.3% 87.1%
Feb ’20 83.1% 65.0%
Mar ’20 64.8% 43.6%

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

COVID-19 put a stop to that early success of course, as the figures reflect from February 2020 onwards, but the airline must have been buoyed by the demand it was seeing to and from the US “tech town”.

Seattle had already witnessed significant non-stop international flight expansion from other Asian carriers like ANA and Cathay Pacific in recent years, before the pandemic hit.

SIA was even scheduling a fifth weekly non-stop service to the city from March 2020, before the route had to be suspended.

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The airline will no doubt be hoping for a similarly positive performance as it transitions back to being a non-stop service this summer.

Vancouver schedule

From 2nd June 2022 Vancouver flights are renumbered to SQ48/47 and also operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in both directions, the same as the Seattle route despite being separate flights.

Singapore Vancouver
Flight Schedule
(2 Jun – 29 Oct 2022)

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Singapore_Airlines_Small.png SQ48
A350 Long Haul
Days
M T W T F S S
SIN
07:00
YVR
06:45

All SQ47 flights from Vancouver to Singapore are designated VTL services .

Vancouver Singapore
Flight Schedule
(2 Jun – 29 Oct 2022)

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Singapore_Airlines_Small.png SQ47
A350 Long Haul
Days
M T W T F S S
YVR
08:35
SIN
15:45*

* Next day
= VTL

Do note if you’re booked on a flight between Singapore and Vancouver from June 2022 onwards, the departure time is now two hours earlier from Changi and a full six hours earlier from Vancouver.

SIA’s new Vancouver schedule from June 2022 includes much earlier operation in both directions

Singapore Airlines will inform you of the change, but you may need to replan your travel arrangements slightly if you were aiming to connect to or from other transport.

For example, driving down from Whistler on the morning of your departure to Singapore was a perfectly good plan with a 2pm departure, but probably won’t work now that the flight goes wheels-up at 8.30am!

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Of course if you were booked to fly on either of these routes (Vancouver or Seattle) in either direction on a Friday after June 2022, SIA will now have to provide an alternative for you, since there will no longer be a service.

KrisFlyer awards

These are the one-way KrisFlyer miles redemption rates for flights between Singapore and Seattle on these SIA flights, which also apply to the Vancouver route.

KrisFlyer Redemption Rates
  SIN

Seattle
Saver
(one way)
SIN

Seattle
Advantage
(one way)
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 one-way, assuming saver upgrade award availability in your proposed cabin class.

Upgrade using KrisFlyer miles
Singapore ⇄ Seattle
Upgrading to 2013 W (Singapore Airlines).jpg
Premium
11A 2
Business
Existing booking
Economy Standard
(Class: M, H, W)
52,000 89,000
Economy Flexi
(Class: Y, B, E)
34,000 70,500
Premium Economy Standard
(Class: P)
63,500
Premium Economy Flexi
(Class: S, T)
50,000

Seattle lounge

Singapore Airlines directs its lounge-eligible passengers to The Club at SEA (South Satellite) in Seattle.

Nothing too special to look forward to here – the facility is also available to Priority Pass holders. Shower facilities are not available, though the morning departure for SQ27 means most passengers will have freshened up at home or in their hotel anyway.

The Club at SEA (South Satellite) probably isn’t worth getting to the airport early for. (Photo: TravelUpdate)

Unfortunately SIA passengers will not be eligible to use the British Airways or Delta Air Lines lounges in the South Satellite, with the only other Star Alliance option, a United Club, located in the (inaccessible) domestic concourse.

Travelling to the USA or Canada

Both the USA (Seattle) and Canada (Vancouver) allow fully vaccinated travellers to arrive from Singapore quarantine-free, though both do require a pre-departure test taken at the following timings:

  • Canada: PCR within 72 hours of departure or ART within 1 day of departure*
  • USA: PCR or ART within 1 day of departure*

* 1 day means you can test on the day of departure itself, or any time on the preceding day (e.g. depart Tuesday, test anytime on Monday or Tuesday)

Be sure to check our regularly updated list of the cheapest pre-departure test options in Singapore, for either PCR or ART swabs, if you’re planning a trip.

You can find the latest list of requirements for international travellers arriving in these countries at the following links:

🇨🇦 Canada int’l arrival eligibility / process
🇺🇸 USA int’l arrival eligibility / process



 


 

Summary

Singapore Airlines is decoupling its current Seattle and Vancouver services from June onwards, instead operating dedicated non-stop flights to and from both cities using its Airbus A350 Long Haul aircraft.

It’s a positive sign for both routes that the airline is willing to operate a total of six weekly services to and from the two cities, compared to four at the moment, especially for Vancouver which was only intended to be a short-term seasonal connection when it launched only three months ago.

Singapore Airlines will deploy its Airbus A350 Long Haul aircraft to both Seattle and Vancouver with dedicated non-stop services to both cities from June 2022. (Photo: Plane’s Portrait Aviation Media / Malcolm Lu)

All six of these flights, three from Seattle and three from Vancouver, will operate as designated VTL services to Singapore, though by June we’re hoping to have seen the back of this scheme anyway.

Those heading to and from Seattle will clearly benefit most, with two hours shaved off the journey in each direction, while the heavily-retimed Vancouver – Singapore flight, soon departing six hours earlier than now, may require some travellers to adjust their end-of-vacation plans!

(Cover Photo: Stephen Plopper)

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1 comment

  1. It seems clear that the SIN-YVR-SIN flight isn’t really for SIN traffic given the terrible O&D timings, but geared towards the Delhi audience: connections to DEL are ~1h both ways, and most of the 300K South Asians in Greater Vancouver are Punjab / Sikh. Considering how AC’s nonstop YVR-DEL is no longer a nonstop due to the closure of Russian airspace, it seems logical for SQ (which now has a spare aircraft due to SIN-DME closure) to try to increase their share of India-US/Canada traffic by expanding into YVR and SEA. The original SIN-YVR-SEA routing would not have been competitive for SEA-India traffic due to the long layovers westbound for any non-DEL Indian city, so this does sound like SQ is likely to expect more India-based traffic soon?

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