SQ to fly nonstop to Newark

SINGAPORE, 31 May 2018 Changi Airport Group said it welcomed Singapore Airlines decision to launch nonstop services between Singapore and Newark Liberty International Airport, this October, using the new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) aircraft.

The inaugural SIN-EWR flight will take off 11 October, covering a distance of approximately 9,000 nautical miles (16,700km) over a flight time of up to 18 hours and 45 minutes.

The return flight will depart EWR, 12 October, with a similar flight time.

The A350-900ULR will have a two-class layout, with 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy class seats.

Singapore Airlines will continue to operate its daily service between Singapore and New York (JFK), via Frankfurt.

Four airlines currently connect Singapore to six US cities – Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and New York City.

With the new nonstop services, there will be 72 weekly passenger services between Changi Airport and the United States, making it the largest aviation gateway in Southeast Asia for flights to the US.

More than 6.8 million airline passengers travelled in 2017, between Southeast Asia and the US, a 10% year-on-year increase.

Last year, 692,800 passenger movements (+30%) were recorded on direct flights from Singapore to the US.

CAG’s managing director, air hub development, Lim Ching Kiat said: “With the advent of ultra long-range aircraft, nonstop long-haul flights are now more efficient and viable. The new SIA New York service is Southeast Asia’s only nonstop connection to the North American east coast, and I’m confident it will be well-received by Changi Airport’s passengers, especially time-pressed business travellers.

“Over the past two years, nonstop services from Changi Airport to Los Angeles and San Francisco were launched, as well as a new service to Honolulu (via Osaka). With strong traffic growth between the North America and Southeast Asia regions, there are growth opportunities to be tapped. We look forward to working with our partners to ride on this growth to strengthen Changi Airport’s position as a preferred gateway.”