Singapore Airlines (SIA) will relaunch two fifth freedom flights in the United States, one connecting New York Kennedy (JFK) and Frankfurt (FRA) and the other connecting San Francisco (SFO) and Hong Kong (HKG).
Both routes will be served by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which will continue on to Singapore (SIN) from FRA and HKG, respectively.
The airline cited the Biden administration’s relaxation of restrictions on European travelers beginning in early November as the impetus for resuming service on the JFK-FRA-SIN route, which will be run daily beginning Nov. 1. From November 2, the SFO-HKG-SIN route will be operated three times per week.
The reinstatement of the two flights, according to SIA, will increase its US flying to 65 percent of pre-COVID-19 levels. “As operating and regulatory conditions permit, more reinstatements, including services from the carrier’s Seattle (SEA) and Houston (IAH) gateways, remain part of SIA’s future plans,” the carrier said in a statement.
Americas Regional VP of SIA According to Joey Seow, the two reopened routes provide passengers with “the option of continuing service to Singapore, where they can also connect to a choice of business and leisure destinations.”
The SIA 777s that will operate the two routes will have 264 seats in four cabins, including four first-class seats, 48 business class seats, 28 premium economy seats, and 184 economy seats.