Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be operating thrice weekly flights from Singapore‘s Changi Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport from 9 November. The flights will carry both passengers and cargo, making this the only non-stop air cargo link from the United States’ north-east region to Singapore.
SIA says the route will also be supported by the growing number of transfer passengers who can now transit via Singapore’s Changi Airport, and it anticipates significant cargo demand from a range of industries based in the New York metro area, including pharmaceuticals, e-commerce and technology firms.
This is the second non-stop flight to the United States operated by SIA, with the other being to Los Angeles.
The move is an important step in rebuilding the airline’s global network, says Lee Lik Hsin, SIA’s executive vice president (commercial). “We will continue to ramp up existing services and reinstate other points as the demand for both passenger and cargo services return.”
Lee adds that despite the current challenging times, “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,” he says. Citing how air travel plays a crucial role in various aspects of our lives, including business and leisure travel, economic growth and job creation, he shares that this “gives us confidence about the medium to long-term prospects for the industry”.
It’s been two years since SIA first completed the longest commercial flight from Changi International Airport Terminal 3 to New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport – a marathon 19-hour, 16,700km route.
This new journey from Singapore to New York, which will operate as SQ24, will take 18 hours and five minutes. The flights out of New York, which will operate as SQ23, will start on 11 November and will also fly three times a week, with each flight taking 18 hours and 40 minutes. The Airbus A350-900 long-range aircraft will be used for the route.