Another Airbus A380 arriving at SFO

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced that it will be flying its flagship A380 between SFO and Hong Kong with continuing service to Singapore this winter. SIA is the first Asian carrier to fly the double decker A380 into SFO. (Lufthansa and Air France arrived at SFO with the A380 first.)

Most frequent travelers have only dreamed of flying Singapore Airlines, renowned for its top notch service, Singapore girls and over-the-top business and first class cabins. It’s frequently cited as the best airline in the world. Airline spokesperson James Boyd told TravelSkills, “It’s important to note that the A380 will only be on the SFO route for three months. It’s a great ‘pop-up’ opportunity for Bay Area business travelers to get a taste of our premium flagship service.”

Singapore currently flies Boeing 777s between SFO and Singapore twice a day– one flight stops over in Seoul, the other stops over in Hong Kong. While the B777 service is nice, it’s now a little dated and not near as nice as what SIA offers on its big A380. Flip through the slideshow above to see its famous first class suite and the widest business class seat in the sky.

SIA’s got a super-sexy flight number on its SFO>HKG>SIN run: SQ1, which departs SFO at 10:50 pm and arrives Hong Kong at 5:50 am two days later. Flight time is 15 hours to Hong Kong, plus another four hours to Singapore, so you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the luxury. SQ2 arrives back in SFO at around 8:30 pm.

SIA is a Star Alliance partner, but unfortunately, you cannot redeem United Mileage Plus miles for SIA’s business or first class seats. However, coach seats are available starting at 65,000 miles round trip.

Ready to go? A quick scan of roundtrip fares for mid January between SFO and Singapore shows coach at about $1250; business at $5,900 and first at $12,500.

Have you ever flown Singapore Airlines before? What did you think? 

Singapore Airlines’ flagship A380. (Courtesy: Singapore Airlines)

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  • Chris McGinnis

    Hi Manning: Singapore has said that it is studying the possibility of bringing the A380 back to SFO, but has not made any commitments. — chris

  • Manning

    When will Singapore Airline fly “Airbus” from San Francisco to Singapore again?

  • Irene S

    It’s a bummer they will only have the A380 for three months! Too bad they do not have the non-stop service to Singapore like the one flying from LAX (without stopping in Hongkong)

    Whenever I flew to Asia, I only want to fly either SQ or Cathay, even when redeeming my United Mileage. Flew with United once, will never do that again. SQ and Cathay both set your standard pretty high (and I am only flying coach), they make United and other American and European airlines look like they do not know how to run an airline service (from aircraft/technology/luggage limitation/customer service/in-flight service/meals). Why is so hard for the american carriers’ flight attendants not to utter swear words while on duty or just to smile and be polite?

    Also, what is it with the luggage policy? You are only allowed 1 checked in baggage even when travelling international! Seriously??? These american carriers keep lowering the standard and now they’re making others to follow (i.e. Lufthansa, etc). But if you notice, SQ and Cathay are still allowing 2 checked baggage , cause they know it’s impossible to only carry one bag going to Asia. Culturally, you just can’t. It used to be 32kg per bag, then they lowered it to 50 lbs (23kg), and now they’re lowering from 2 bags to 1 bag. Ridiculous!

    Try these Asian airlines and not only you’ll feel the huge difference in service, you’ll just never want to fly with any other ever again.

  • Nancy M

    not nice that one can’t redeem UA miles even for Business Class! in a similar situation a few years ago, I was allowed to fly SQ’s A380 in Biz from Tokyo to Singapore, but not in Suites – their terminology for First Class. for some reason I’m inclined to blame UA and assume they simply won’t reimburse SQ enough for Mileage Plus passengers, and hence the prohibition

  • Alex T

    There is no disputes that SIA provides great service. I started flying with SIA, and some other Asian and US airlines since the 80’s. I would invite air passengers to try Asian airlines to see and feel the difference in terms of service, airplane cleanliness, on time schedule and food.

  • Dean

    Great news! I’ve flown the 777-300’s to Asia from SFO in Economy a couple of times. They are really pretty comfortable and so is the legendary Singapore service. The best just keeps getting better with SQ here at SFO.

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