Singapore to Drop Newark & LAX Non-Stop Flights to Singapore

The world’s longest commercial flights are set to disappear with Singapore’s newly announced A380 & A350 order.  One of the stipulations of the order is that Airbus agrees to acquire the five Singapore A340-500s currently in service, including those used on the EWR-SIN and LAX-SIN routes.  The aircraft will be removed from service in Q4 2013.

As part of the deal, Airbus has agreed to acquire SIA’s five A340-500s, which will be removed from service in the fourth quarter of the 2013 calendar year, in line with the Airline’s policy to maintain a young fleet. This will result in the cessation of non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles and between Singapore and Newark, in the absence of replacement aircraft in the SIA fleet with sufficient range and operating economics. Although disappointing that we will be halting these services, we remain very committed to the US market. Over the past two years we have increased capacity to both Los Angeles and New York by deploying A380 superjumbos on flights via Tokyo and Frankfurt. We will also continue to explore additional options to enhance our US services.

This also marks the end of Singapore Airlines service to Newark, even though it’s a hub for Star Alliance partner United. Instead, all New York flights will be operated from JFK.  The world’s longest flight title will also shift to Qantas’ SYD-DFW flight (7454nm) and Delta’s JNB-ATL flight (7334nm). See this post, The World’s Longest Flights – How Many Have You Flown to see what the updated list will look like with the first two flights removed.

Truly a sad day for aviation fans and aspirational award enthusiasts.  Remember, Singapore began releasing saver first and business class award seats to their KrisFlyer members several months ago and Star Alliance partners have had access to a few last minute award seats as well.  I was successful in finding award availability using United’s website about three days prior to the departure date. I would be on the lookout so you can experience the EWR-SIN all business class flight at 8285nm and almost 19 hours of flying time before it disappears into the record books! Related Post – Trip Report – Singapore Airlines EWR-SIN using UA Miles.

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  1. Flew it SIN-EWR last year. First 13 hours or so were fine….last four…sucked. I learned there absolutely is such a thing as too much time on a (single) plane. JFK-FRA-BKK-HKG all in one go no problem – the 18Hr nonstop…not so much.

  2. The A340/500 Airbus flight from LAX to Singapore was one of the finest flights I have ever flown on and it was a great credit to the airline and its crew that it was always such a pleasant flight. The bathrooms were always kept clean throughout each flight and there was never a problem in that regard. Sadly, they are discontinuing this service due to a strange deal with Airbus and that is really hard logic to understand. Why are Airbus dictating routes to Singapore Airlines?
    It seems that we live in a world that sometimes takes two steps forward and three steps back and this is no exception. Only we the flying public will suffer, as now we are having to spend many more hours traveling with extra take off and landings too.
    ANOTHER UNEXPLAINED AND STUPID DECISION MADE WITH TOTAL DISREGARD TO THE TRAVELLER. THANK YOU SO MUCH SINGAPORE AIR AND AIRBUS. WE DO HAVE A CHOICE AND THEREFORE, MAYBE WHEN PEOPLE AVOID YOU BOTH YOU WILL SIT UP AND TAKE NOTICE OF THOSE WHO PATRONIZED YOU.

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