Corporate travellers and FITs are driving demand on United Airlines’ direct Singapore-San Francisco service, the only non-stop air link between Singapore and the US since Singapore Airlines suspended their direct services to New York and Los Angeles in 2013.
The inaugural flight departed from San Francisco International Airport on June 1 and touched down in Changi International Airport this morning. Its first flight from Singapore also took off earlier today and will land in San Francisco at 09.15 the same day.
The business travel sector (firms in the technology, finance and pharmaceutical sectors.) have expressed keen interest on the service given the four hours saved by taking the direct route. Previously, Singapore travellers needed to transit at Tokyo or Hong Kong.