Singapore Airlines (SIA) conducted its inaugural departure of flight SQ27 from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Singapore on September 3. The new flight signals the end of an expansion for SIA in the U.S., in which the carrier’s flight frequency grew 42 percent over the past year.
Seattle is the fourth U.S. destination after Los Angeles, New York (Newark) and San Francisco to offer non-stop service from Singapore via Singapore Airlines. The Seattle flights will initially be operated three times weekly before increasing to four times weekly in October 2019, capping the number of weekly non-stop U.S.-Singapore services at 31. Total U.S. service frequency will increase to 57 flights per week when combined with SIA’s existing one-stop flights to Houston, Los Angeles, New York (JFK) and San Francisco.
Singapore Airlines’ new Seattle services will facilitate travel to Southeast Asia, India and Australia, as it is a codeshare partner of Alaska Airlines, and Mileage Plan members are eligible to earn miles on Singapore Airlines flights.
Airbus A350-900 aircraft equipped with 42 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy Class and 187 Economy Class seats are used for the route. Features include higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra-wide body and cabin lighting designed to reduce jet lag.
The Seattle services offer wellness initiatives from Canyon Ranch, an integrated wellness brand. Accessible via the KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system (IFE); these include sleep strategies and guided stretching exercises. Also featured are special cuisines developed by Canyon Ranch’s chefs and nutritionists. The cuisines are offered on top of SIA’s own meal selections and creations by its International Culinary Panel of chefs.
Good to know: Singapore Airlines is also dishing out specially curated wellness dishes in partnership with Singapore-based wellness brand COMO Shambhala on select flights beginning September 2019.
Passengers using the KrisWorld IFE system onboard most SIA flights in the month of September can experience a variety of movies, music and TV shows, which reference Seattle.
From September 3–14 2019, customers traveling in Premium Economy and Economy classes on the Seattle flights can enjoy complimentary 30MB Wi-Fi text messaging. Currently, on selected aircraft types, Suites and First Class passengers enjoy unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi, while Business Class passengers, PPS Club members and supplementary cardholders enjoy complimentary 100MB.