|Update: This is now confirmed- service to Vancouver (and onwards to Seattle) will begin on 2 December 2021. Full details here.|
When Singapore announced an eight country expansion to the VTL, there was one interesting name on the list: Canada. While all the other seven had non-stop service from Singapore, Canada was the notable exception.
Singapore Airlines ended its Canada services in April 2009, terminating its 3X weekly flight from Singapore to Vancouver via Seoul due to weak demand amidst the Global Financial Crisis.
The decision to suspend service is most regrettable, as Singapore Airlines has served Canada for over 20 years. However the economic conditions and performance on the route has been badly affected by the global economic downturn. The reduction is part of Singapore Airlines continuing commitment to ensure capacity is best matched with demand in the current economic conditions.
But there were hints something was afoot. The ICA’s updated VTL landing page listed Singapore Airlines as the operator of flights to Canada, before hastily replacing it with [to be announced].
There was also a hint in Singapore Airlines’ FAQs
And now it looks like someone’s spilled the beans…
Well if he’s gonna tell us “ni hao”, I’m gonna say “Canada, eh?”
There’s no official confirmation yet from Singapore Airlines, but elsewhere on their website you can find a dedicated booking page for flights to Vancouver (YVR).
It looks like a done deal to me, and we should hear an announcement soon.
Inventory has not been loaded yet so we have no idea about award space or fares. It’s a good bet the route will be operated by an A350-900 however, and I’d wager we might see a stop in Incheon just like before, with fifth freedom rights on the ICN-YVR leg to help bolster demand.
Mark this as developing for now, but it seems more likely than not that we’ll hear an announcement on the resumption of Canada flights soon.
This is very exciting news indeed, marking a return of SIA to Canada after a 12 year absence. And finally, an inuaugral flight to look forward to!
(HT: ChrisX9 on Telegram)