Dhaka: Singapore Airlines launched its first ever nonstop flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Southeast Asia on September 3. SIA is currently offering nonstop service between Sea-Tac and Changi three times per week.
The inauguration ceremony of the flight included a ceremonial ribbon cutting, a lion dance and remarks by Lance Lyttle, Managing Director of Sea-Tac Airport and Campbell Wilson, Senior Vice president of Sales and Marketing for Singapore Airlines.
The flight to Singapore’s Changi Airport is now also the longest nonstop flight from Sea-Tac covering 8,010 miles in 15 hours and 50 minutes. Seattle has also become the fourth US destination for nonstop flights of SIA.
From October, the carrier plans to extend operations to four days per week. Campbell Wilson expressed his hope to eventually expand services to seven days per week from Seattle.
“It’s a fantastic balance of strong corporate and leisure traffic,” said James Boyd, Vice President, Public Relations, Singapore Airlines. “We know that there’s a lot of interest in travel not just to Singapore but beyond Singapore to all throughout Southeast Asia, even markets like Western Australia. This will be the fastest way to get to places that were previously really far-flung, like Perth. Now you have a faster, more efficient way of getting there that brings the destination a little bit closer.”
The cancellation of the previously operated Vancouver-to-Singapore route opened up the opportunity for nonstop service from Seattle instead. The longer haul and more fuel efficient capabilities of the Airbus A350-900 made the 16-hour nonstop route a viable option.