The Straits Times
Published on Oct 26, 2012

SIA to scrap non-stop US flights in 2013

Move will also end world's longest commercial flight


Singapore Airlines (SIA) has decided to pull the plug on its non-stop flights to Los Angeles and New York after years of struggling with poor returns.

With the end of the services from late next year, all travellers heading to Los Angeles will have to transit in Tokyo, Japan, while those flying to New York will stop in Frankfurt, Germany.

It will also mark the end of the world's longest commercial flight - 18 hours from Singapore to New York.

SIA launched its non-stop service to the United States amid much fanfare in 2004, with the ultra long-haul Airbus 345 aircraft. The aircraft, of which the airline has five, initially came in two classes - 64 seats in business class and 117 in the premium economy cabin.