When Singapore Airlines resumes operating 19-hour flights to New York, it will shift the arrival airport to New York's JFK International Airport.
Starting November 9, the Singapore flag carrier will again operate the Singapore-New York flights on a thrice-weekly schedule this time to the busiest hub of New York City area.
The airline will use its Airbus A350-900 aircraft with a total of 253 seats - 42 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy Class and 187 Economy Class seats. The flight time will be approximately 18 hours and 5 minutes for the Singapore-New York segment, and 18 hours and 40 minutes for the return trip back to Singapore.
According to Singapore Airlines, the main reason for the shift to JFK Airport is to better accommodate passenger and cargo traffic in the current operating climate. The flights will be the only non-stop air cargo link connecting the US Northeast region – home to pharmaceuticals, e-commerce and technology firms - and Singapore.
The resumption of flights to the New York City area will be in addition to the current US operations which the airline operates flights to Los Angeles. Previous non-stop services from Singapore to the New York area arrived at Newark Liberty Airport - located 9km west of Manhattan in New Jersey.
Before flights were suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore Airlines operated non-stop flights to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Newark. The airline also operated flights to New York-JFK via Frankfurt and Houston via Manchester, United Kingdom.
“Operating these flights between Singapore and New York’s JFK International Airport represent an important step in the rebuilding of our global network. Non-stop ultra-long services are the bedrock of our services to the key U.S. market. We will continue to ramp up existing services and reinstate other points as the demand for both passenger and cargo services return,” said Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President Commercial for Singapore Airlines.