Seattle’s Longest Flight Takes Off on Singapore Airlines

Story by AirlineGeeks Photographer Katie Bailey

Singapore’s first flight to Seattle is greeted by a water arch (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

The first-ever nonstop flight out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Singapore Changi Airport left on Tuesday with a flight time of 15 hours and 50 minutes, making it Sea-Tac’s longest flight. This service marks the 12th new international flight added to Seattle’s lineup since 2017.

This record flight is served by an Airbus A350-900 XWB, Singapore’s new long-haul aircraft of choice to the United States, with the inaugural aircraft being the airline’s newest A350, registration 9V-SMV, entering service on July 31. The aircraft features Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines. 42 business class seats, 24 premium economy and 187 economy class seats.

The event was marked with a terminal full of balloons, snacks, beverages and cake for the passengers at the gate. Onlookers were treated to a traditional Singaporean lion dance to bring good luck and fortune.

Singapore Airlines’ first departure from Seattle (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Speeches were made by Lance Lyttle, Managing Director, Sea-Tac Airport and Campbell Wilson, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Singapore Airline. Gifts were presented between Lyttle and Wilson; Lynce gave Campbell a vase and Campbell gave Lance a model of the Singapore Airlines A350. Sek Eng Lee, regional vice president for the Americas at Singapore Airlines, was invited up with Lyttle and Wilson for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

By connecting Sea-Tac nonstop with Changi Airport, Singapore’s sole hub, Singapore Airlines allows for shorter and faster connections to Australia, India and Southeast Asia. Currently, airlines serve as far as Hong Kong from Seattle instead of the heart of Southeast Asia.

This new destination is the fourth in Singapore Airlines’ U.S. nonstop route network with plans for three times weekly service between Seattle and Singapore. Flight SQ27 acts as the Seattle-Singapore leg while the inbound is operated as SQ28. Both services operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with service increasing to four times weekly in October when a Sunday service is added.

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