Singapore Airlines will resume popular JFK-FRA route on Nov. 2

Sep 27, 2021

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Singapore Airlines has announced that it will resume its popular New York to Frankfurt route beginning Nov. 2 due to the Biden administration relaxing travel restrictions to the United States. Additionally, the airline will also restart nonstop flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) on Nov. 2.

These flights are what’s known as fifth-freedom routes, or routes that allow an airline to fly and sell tickets between two countries — neither of which is its home base – as long as the flight continues to or from the carrier’s home nation.

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Singapore’s world-famous first class product will return to both routes for the first time since the start of the pandemic. They will be operated on a Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft with four first class seats, 48 business class seats, 28 premium economy seats, and 184 economy seats.

“We are very pleased to announce this reestablishment of connectivity from the U.S. to two of SIA’s key 5th Freedom destinations, Frankfurt and Hong Kong,” said Singapore Airlines regional vice president Joey Seow in a statement. “In addition, both flights provide our customers with the option of continuing service to Singapore, where they can also connect to a range of business and leisure destinations.”

The JFK-FRA flight schedule is as follows:

  • SQ #26 departs FRA at 8:20 a.m. and arrives at JFK at 12:15 p.m., all times local.
  • SQ #25 departs JFK at 9:15 p.m. and arrives at FRA at 9:50 a.m., all times local.

The San Francisco-Hong Kong-Singapore roundtrip service will operate three days a week. The SFO-HKG flight schedule is as follows:

  • SQ #8 departs HKG at 1:40 p.m., arriving at SFO at 10:40 a.m. the same day.
  • SQ #7 departs SFO at 1:00 p.m., arriving at HKG at 7:10 p.m. the following day.

The news comes just a month after the airline launched a new fifth freedom route from Los Angeles (LAX) to Taipei (TPE), as reported by senior aviation editor Ben Mutzabaugh. That flight is scheduled three times a week on the Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The 253-seat jets are configured in a three-cabin layout that includes 42 seats in business class and 24 in premium economy.

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Route Economy Premium economy Business First
U.S.-Europe 22,500 miles 47,000 miles 72,000 miles 86,000 miles
U.S.-Tokyo 35,000 miles 66,000 miles 92,000 miles 107,000 miles
U.S.-Hong Kong 33,000 miles 63,000 miles 89,000 miles 104,000 miles


Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information from Singapore Airlines saying that its Frankfurt-JFK service is now scheduled to begin as daily service. 

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