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Singapore Airlines has announced that it expects its SIA group capacity to reach 81% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of this year and to help with that aim, it has confirmed that it will be increasing its frequencies to Los Angeles and Paris and that it will be extending its Vancouver service into the winter season.
Los Angeles gets SIA winter love
As things stand, Singapore Airlines offers a single daily non-stop service between Singapore and Los Angeles (SQ38) and a further daily service between the two cities that includes a stop in Tokyo (NRT).
From 30 November 2022, a second non-stop service will be added giving Singapore Airlines 21 weekly flights between Singapore and the City of Angels.
This is what the non-stop schedule is expected to look like once the second flight is operational:
SQ36 SIN 18:40 – 17:50 LAX (Daily)
SQ38 SIN 20:45 – 19:55 LAX (Daily)
SQ35 LAX 19:40 – 05:30+2 days SIN (Daily)
SQ37 LAX 22:25 – 08:15+2 days SIN (Daily)
Per the currently posted schedules, the second daily non-stop service (SQ36) is only set to operate during the winter season but this is something that the airline may choose to change when the time comes to firm up its summer 2023 schedules.
Both daily services are set to be operated by Singapore Airlines A350-900 aircraft which offer 42 all-aisle-access lie-flat Business Class seats, 24 Premium Economy seats, and 187 Economy Class seats.
As the new flights have only recently been loaded into the airline’s reservation systems, Business Class saver awards are currently available on a good number of dates…
…although at 107,000 miles each way, I wouldn’t classify them as a “bargain”.
Vancouver service extended
Between December 2021 and mid-February 2022, Singapore Airlines operated a service between Singapore and Vancouver that then continued on to Seattle once the stopover in Canada was complete.
For the summer season, Singapore Airlines is operating a standalone 3x/week service to Vancouver and the airline has now confirmed that this service will continue through winter 2022/23.
This is what the winter schedule currently looks like:
SQ48 SIN 07:00 – 05:15 YVR (Tue, Thu & Sat)
SQ46 YVR 07:35 – 16:25+1 day SIN (Tue, Thu & Sat)
The aircraft operating this route are the same A350-900s that operate the route to/from LA and so offer 42 all-aisle-access lie-flat Business Class seats, 24 Premium Economy seats, and 187 Economy Class seats.
According to the currently available information, this route is not scheduled to continue into summer 2023 (the last flights are on 25 March 2023) but this may change when Singapore Airlines firms up its plans for next year.
Paris will get more service
Singapore Airlines currently offers a daily service between Singapore and Paris with SQ336 and a 3x/week service with SQ332/331 and the airline has just said that SQ332/331 will be moving to a 5x/week service from 1 December.
Strangely, however, both the Singapore Airlines website and ExpertFlyer are currently showing SQ332/331 as operating daily during the winter season so I’m not sure what’s going on.
Nevertheless, one way or another, Paris is getting more Singapore Airlines service this winter and for those who’d like to know what the flight timings look like, here they are:
SQ336 SIN 00:15 – 07:15 CDG
SQ332 SIN 13:55 – 20:55 CDG
SQ335 CDG 10:40 – 06:15+1 day SIN
SQ331 CDG 22:20 – 17:55+1 day SIN
Both services are scheduled to be operated by 4-cabin 777-300ER aircraft so First Class is an option on this route (although because the First Class cabin on this aircraft only has 4 seats, no one should be expecting First Class saver awards to be easy to find).
Singapore Airlines has announced that it will be expanding its flight offerings for winter 2022/23 and that this expansion will include more services to Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Paris. On some routes, this means that premium cabin award availability has just become a little easier to find but keep in mind that because Singapore Airlines offers its own KrisFlyer members more award availability than it offers to partner airlines, you may have to move points across to a KrisFlyer account* if you want to book the awards that you need.
*Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer is a transfer partner for American Express, Chase, Citi, and Capital One.