Singapore Airlines will fly non-stop to Seattle from September 2019

Singapore Airlines will fly non-stop to Seattle from September 2019

Singapore Airlines will begin direct flights to Seattle in September 2019, marking the fourth non-stop US destination for the airline's fuel-efficient Airbus A350 jets.

The Star Alliance member, which recently resumed direct flights between Singapore and New York, will add Seattle to its network from 3 September 2019 with the 'standard' version of the A350-900, rather than the two-class A350-900ULR 'ultra-long range' jet.

Read our review of Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350 business class seat here

Flight SQ28 will initially depart Singapore at 9.25am every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving in Seattle at 9.05am on the same day.

The SQ27 return leg will depart Seattle at 10.40am on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to reach Singapore the following day at 5.30pm.

From October 2019, the flights will increase to four times a week and run on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

As home to technology giants such as Microsoft and Amazon plus 'satellite' offices of Silicon Valley-based companies like Google and Facebook, Seattle's tech cred is an obvious drawcard for Singapore's business travellers and comes second only to San Francisco as the USA's top tech market.

However, Seattle is also a refreshingly different US city with plenty of appeal in its own right. It serves as a gateway to Canada via Vancouver, and anchors a sizeable cruise market into Alaska and tours through the Canadian Rockies.

Singapore Airlines will start non-stop flights to Los Angeles on November 2, also on the two-class Airbus A350-900ULR, and already flies daily to San Francisco.

AusBT review: Business class on Singapore Airlines' non-stop flight to New York

Seattle is also on the radar for Qantas and its Boeing 787 Dreamliners as an alternative to Chicago, should the US Department of Transport rule against a joint venture with American Airlines which would allow the two airlines to coordinate on flight schedules and pricing to Chicago.

"We are working through the DoT application and we are still confident we will get anti-trust immunity," Joyce told Australian Business Traveller earlier this. "Chicago is a big American Airlines hub and you do need a partnership to make it effective, we've shown clearly how that happens in Dallas."

But Seattle is waiting in the wings, and Joyce has a dollar each way in this race, saying "we have a great relationship with Alaska Airlines."

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

9 comments

  • Isaac Alexander

    jetcitystar

    24 Oct, 2018 01:04 pm

    Great news about this service! Exciting seeing all the new A350 carriers coming to SeaTac next year.

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  • Jedinak K

    Jedinak K

    24 Oct, 2018 02:15 pm

    I hope that SQ also reconsiders Vancouver!
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  • Jay

    ausJCP

    24 Oct, 2018 07:29 pm

    I really do hope QF establishes a service to SEA, it makes an enormous amount of business sense!
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  • flyingvisit

    flyingvisit

    25 Oct, 2018 12:51 am

    Vancouver is not sufficient enough of a money maker, even with an A350.

    The Ultra-Long-Haul 350's need a non-stop service plus high corporate traffic to be profitable. Otherwise it reverts to another aircraft type and a one-stop service, which is less appealing and even less profitable.

    Vancouver market is far less corporate than Toronto but the foundation of a less than attractive Air Services Agreement between Singapore and the protectionist Canadian authorities is the real killer.
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  • reeves35

    reeves35

    1 Nov, 2018 05:07 pm

    The A350ULR is not doing this new route. It is the regular A350-900 including Economy Class and less premium seating.
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  • loopflyer

    loopflyer

    26 Oct, 2018 09:56 am

    Most welcome news - SEA needs SQ! Cathay Pacific, starts HKG-SEA non-stop April 2019. Two big wins! Delta dropped that route Oct. 4 in favor of SEA-KIX. YVR misses out, but they already have CX and QF.
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  • Michael Sheargold

    Aussie100

    27 Oct, 2018 10:51 am

    When will Qantas announce A350’s to their fleet - awesome aircraft with incredible potential as Singapore are discovering!
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  • johnaboxall

    johnaboxall

    1 Nov, 2018 07:53 pm

    Wouldn't put money on it, I believe QF got a stupendously good deal on 787 options years ago, which they're slowly exercising now.
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  • Rav

    Rav

    2 Nov, 2018 12:25 am

    Not wrapped about the A350, I found the older A380 much better with room to spare and great storage options
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