It’s about to get a little bit easier for Singapore Airlines (SIA) customers to get to Los Angeles.
On Nov 2, everyone’s favorite airline is adding non-stop flights between Changi International Airport and LAX. The new route is thanks to the addition of the “ultra-long-range” jets — aka the Airbus A350-900ULR — to their fleet later this year, according to an SIA press release.
At first, the 16+ hour flights will be available only three times per week, but the company plans to increase the number of direct flights offered to 10 per week by December, in conjunction with the rollout of even more new planes.
And their timing couldn’t be better. Last month, United Airlines announced that they would be discontinuing their non-stop flights between Singapore and LA on October 27 – just a year after introducing the route.
Currently, SIA passengers have to make a stop in Seoul or Tokyo before reaching LA. But with the addition of the direct flights, the airline says they will be reducing their Singapore-Seoul-LA service to only four times per week.
Singapore Airlines previously operated the Changi-LAX route but shelved it when they retired their older generation of Airbuses in 2013.
SIA says it plans to increase the frequency of its non-stop flights to San Francisco in November as well.
The California flights, together with their previously announced direct route to New York that’s scheduled to commence in October, adds up to 27 non-stop trips to the United States per week this fall. Good news all around for those who love sitting in airplanes for more than 15 hours.