While no plans have officially been announced, Singapore Airlines has received approval for flight rights between Japan and New York.
Towards the end of December, Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism granted Singapore Airlines fifth freedom flight rights between Tokyo and New York. With the fifth freedom rights, Singapore Airlines will be allowed to accept bookings for travel on the route along with itineraries connecting from Singapore.
While with the new flight rights, any new flights by Singapore Airlines to New York will add to an impressive list of services offered by the airline to the city. It currently operates non-stop flights between Singapore to Newark as well as Singapore-Frankfurt-New York flights.
Between New York and Tokyo, a new Singapore Airlines flight on the route would join Star Alliance partners United and All Nippon Airways (ANA) who already operate the most flights between Tokyo (Narita/Haneda) to New York (JFK/Newark) with 1 (United) and 2 (ANA). Japan Airlines operates the other two flights on the route with one flight each from JFK Airport to both Haneda and Narita.
Along with the two options for travel between Singapore and New York, the airline already uses fifth freedom rights to/from Japan with flights between Tokyo-Narita to Los Angeles.