Singapore Airlines restarts Frankfurt-New York and Hong Kong-San Francisco fifth freedom flights

Singapore Airlines brings back two more fifth freedom flights to the USA from November, with FRA-JFK and HKG-SFO making their return.

Singapore Airlines has announced that it will be resuming its fifth freedom flights to the USA from November 2021, with Frankfurt to New York and Hong Kong to San Francisco added back to the roster.

From 1 November 2021, Singapore Airlines will restore flight service between Frankfurt and New York. In addition, SIA will resume its service between Hong Kong and San Francisco from 2 November 2021.  For flight schedules, please refer here.

These fifth freedom flights (which allow airlines to carry passengers between two points outside the airlines’ home country) join the existing ones between Copenhagen and Rome, and Taipei and Los Angeles.

Frankfurt to New York and Hong Kong to San Francisco were axed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s quite exciting to see them return.

Frankfurt to New York

Frankfurt to New York service resumes 1 November 2021

Earlier this month, the USA announced that it will be reopening borders to fully-vaccinated travellers from November. This replaces existing ban on travel to the US from certain regions including Europe. Consequently, there’s been a spike in demand for flights between Europe and the USA and SIA is no doubt looking to capitalise on that.

To that end, daily service will restart between Frankfurt and New York on SQ25/26, effective 1 November 2021. Here’s what the schedule looks like:

  Days
SQ26
B777-300ER
S M T W T F S
SIN 
2355
FRA
0620 (+1)
FRA
0820
JFK
1215
SQ25
B777-300ER
S M T W T F S
JFK
2115
FRA
0950 (+1)
FRA
1140
SIN
0650
(+1)

While SQ25/26 was synonymous with the A380 before COVID-19, Singapore Airlines has yet to return this aircraft type to service. The flights will therefore be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER (B77W), a 264-passenger aircraft with First (review), Business (review), Premium Economy and Economy Class cabins.

SQ25/26 will operate in addition to the existing daily service between Singapore and New York on SQ23/24, which uses two-class Airbus A350-900 ULRs.

Hong Kong to San Francisco

Hong Kong to San Francisco service resumes 2 November 2021

Singapore Airlines will also be resuming its Hong Kong to San Francisco flight, with thrice-weekly service starting from 2 November 2021

  Days
SQ8
B777-300ER
S M T W T F S
SIN 
0825
HKG
1225
       
HKG
1340
SFO
1040
       
SQ7
B777-300ER
S M T W T F S
SFO
1300
HKG
1900 (+1)
       
HKG
2040
SIN
0040
(+1)
       

Interestingly enough, the traditional SQ1/2 flight number won’t be used for this; instead it’s SQ7/8.

This flight will be operated by a B77W as well, and is in addition to the existing daily non-stop flight from Singapore to San Francisco. 

How much are awards?

Neither cash nor award availability has been loaded into the system yet, but when it is, here’s how much it’ll cost to redeem KrisFlyer awards on these fifth freedom routes.

With only four seats available in First Class, it’s going to be tough snagging an award, never mind at the Saver level. However, that’s not unique to this particular route- until the A380s return to service, the B77W is SIA’s only aircraft with First Class.

Frankfurt to New York

One Way Frankfurt to New York (and vv.)
  Saver Advantage
Economy 22,500 40,000
Premium Economy 47,000 N/A
Business 72,000 85,000
First 86,000 140,000

If you’re starting/ending your journey in Singapore, refer to the chart below.

One Way Singapore to New York (and vv.)
  Saver Advantage
Economy 40,000 75,000
Premium Economy 73,000 N/A
Business 99,000 140,000
First 132,000 237,000

Hong Kong to San Francisco

One Way Hong Kong to San Francisco (and vv.)
  Saver Advantage
Economy 33,000 60,000
Premium Economy 63,000 N/A
Business 89,000 115,000
First 104,000 172,000

If you’re starting/ending your journey in Singapore, refer to the chart below.

One Way Singapore to San Francisco (and vv.)
  Saver Advantage
Economy 38,000 70,000
Premium Economy 68,000 N/A
Business 95,000 125,000
First 130,000 222,000

Conclusion

Even if Singapore’s borders haven’t fully reopened, SIA is looking to take advantage of developments elsewhere in the world. The reopening of the USA to European travellers is certainly a big one, and I can think of many people who would rather fly SIA from Frankfurt to New York than the alternatives.

Another transatlantic route that existed pre-COVID was Manchester to Houston, so it’ll be interesting to see if that one gets restored soon.

Those travelling out of Singapore stand to benefit too, in the form of additional scheduling options to San Francisco or New York (albeit with one stop).

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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anon

As usual, doesnt apply to us… ex-sin still need to SHN on return

Amy

Still no A380. What happens to the guys that managed to score first saver in Dec?

W L

That’s very confusing. We were booked to fly JFK-FRA-SIN on SQ in late Dec, with a stopover in FRA, and SQ messaged us two weeks or so ago to tell us that the flight JFK-FRA had been cancelled. After a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, they agreed to rebook us on the LH flight JFK-FRA instead (Acceptable, but the hard product is not nearly as nice as SQ’s, especially as LH recently changed the a/c from a 748 to a 343. Now SQ announce that the route is back from November. What gives?!?

W L

Of course, back when SQ decided to cancel their flight, their CS team obviously could not know that management would reinstate the same flights a few weeks later; and I am very happy that they did rebook us on the nonstop LH flight JFK-FRA, instead of the alternative JFK-SIN-FRA that SQ’s CS team had tried to convince me of at first.

Anyway, I called in yesterday, and SQ agreed to rebook me on SQ25 again, which is most likely a win-win situation for both SQ and my family. All good now!

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