Singapore Airlines launches San Francisco service

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Flanked by flight attendants at the ribbon-cutting of Singapore Airlines' launch of San Francisco service were (from left) Christopher Cheang, Singapore’s counsel general to San Francisco; Sek Eng Lee, Singapore Air’s regional VP of the Americas; Jeff Littlefield, COO of SFO; and Lionel Siau, VP northwest USA for Singapore Air.
Flanked by flight attendants at the ribbon-cutting of Singapore Airlines' launch of San Francisco service were (from left) Christopher Cheang, Singapore’s counsel general to San Francisco; Sek Eng Lee, Singapore Air’s regional VP of the Americas; Jeff Littlefield, COO of SFO; and Lionel Siau, VP northwest USA for Singapore Air. Photo Credit: Robert Silk

SAN FRANCISCO -- Singapore Airlines resumed nonstop service between the U.S. and its hub at Singapore's Changi Airport on Sunday.

The 8,451-mile flight between Singapore and San Francisco is also the first Airbus A350 service on the U.S. West Coast, San Francisco International Airport COO Jeff Littlefield said during the launch ceremony. Specifically, the flight made use of the 10,000th aircraft to come off the Airbus assembly line. Singapore Airlines took delivery of the plane in mid-October and denotes its unique status on the plane's livery.

Singapore last flew nonstop to the U.S. in 2013, when it suspended routes to Los Angeles and Newark amid rising fuel costs. The Newark-Singapore route had been the longest in the world.

Singapore's new San Francisco flight competes with United's San Francisco-Changi service, which the carrier commenced in June. The two flights share the third-longest direct commercial airline route that is currently being flown.

At the launch ceremony, Littlefield said the service is a source of pride for San Francisco International.

"Ultimately it is the travelers of San Francisco who are the real winners of this new service," he said.

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