Singapore Airlines set to resume non-stop New York flights

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October 20, 2020
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Singapore Airlines will return to New York on November 9, 2020, when it launches non-stop flights between Singapore and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Operating to JFK International Airport will allow the airline to better
accommodate a mix of passenger and cargo traffic on its services to New York in
the current operating climate.

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SIA’s non-stop services to New York would also be supported by the growing number of transfer passengers who can now transit via Singapore’s Changi Airport.

SIA says it anticipates significant cargo demand from a range of industries based in
the New York metro area, including pharmaceuticals, e-commerce and technology
firms. The new service will provide the only non-stop air cargo link from the U.S.
Northeast to Singapore, which serves as a regional distribution hub for many major
U.S.-based companies.

The airline will operate the Airbus A350-900 long-range aircraft on the route. This
aircraft is configured with 42 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy Class and 187
Economy Class seats.

Today, SIA operates non-stop services to Los Angeles. It will continue to review its
operations to the United States, and assess the growing demand for air travel amid
the ongoing recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, before deciding to reinstate
services to other points in the country.

“Operating these flights between Singapore and New York’s JFK International
Airport represents an important step in the rebuilding of our global network. Nonstop ultra-long services are the bedrock of our services to the key U.S. market. We
will continue to ramp up existing services and reinstate other points as the demand
for both passenger and cargo services return,” said Mr Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice
President Commercial for Singapore Airlines.

“Despite the challenging times for the airline industry, there are some early signs of
optimism about a recovery in air travel. Our customers say that they are increasingly
confident about air travel, given the robust health and safety measures that are in
place, as well as testing regimes to protect them and our staff. This optimism is also
driven by recent moves by countries such as Singapore, which are easing the
restrictions on both transit and inbound passengers in a safe and gradual manner.

“The fundamental importance of air travel remains unchanged despite the
pandemic. Air travel can bridge long distances and physically bring together families
and friends, support both business and leisure trips, and has a direct impact on
economic growth and job creation. That gives us confidence about the medium to
long-term prospects for the industry.”