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The Definitive Guide to Singapore Airlines Direct Routes From the U.S. [Plane Types & Seat Options]

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Here at Upgraded Points, we often get questions about the best routes to fly on a particular airline. Singapore Airlines is definitely an aspirational airline with fantastic service, great business and first class seats, and solid award availability.

In addition, Singapore Airlines is known best for its first class suites, complete with impeccable dining, which just makes for a phenomenal experience.

In this guide, you’ll find an exhaustive repository of Singapore Airlines routes that are flown to/from the U.S. We are also going to show which planes are flown on the various routes and the different seat types for each plane.

Update: Due to COVID-19, Singapore Airlines may temporarily suspend routes, frequencies, and/or aircraft flown. Please check with the airline directly for the most current information.

Singapore Seat Options by Aircraft Type

Singapore Airlines chiefly operates 4 planes on flights to/from the U.S.:

  • 777-300ER
  • A350-900
  • A350-900ULR
  • A380 (Until May 15, 2023)

Below is a table that summarizes the routes from U.S., planes flown, cabin classes, and frequency:

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RouteFlight No.AircraftCabin ClassesFrequency
Houston (IAH) – Manchester (MAN) – Singapore (SIN)SQ 51A350-900Business, Premium Economy, Economy
5x weekly
Los Angeles (LAX) – Singapore (SIN)SQ 37A350-900ULRBusiness, Premium EconomyDaily
Los Angeles (LAX) – Taipei (TPE)SQ 35A350-900Business, Premium Economy, Economy3x weekly
Los Angeles (LAX) – Tokyo (NRT) – Singapore (SIN)SQ 11777-300ERFirst, Business, Premium Economy, EconomyDaily
New York (JFK) – Frankfurt (FRA) – Singapore (SIN)SQ 25A380777-300ER: First, Business, Premium Economy, Economy

New A380: First Class Suites, Business, Premium Economy, Economy

Daily
New York  (JFK) – Singapore (SIN)SQ 23A350-900ULRBusiness, Premium Economy
Daily
Newark (EWR) – Singapore (SIN)SQ 21A350-900ULRBusiness, Premium EconomyDaily
San Francisco (SFO) – Hong Kong (HKG) – Singapore (SIN)SQ 1777-300ERFirst, Business, Premium Economy, Economy
Currently suspended
San Francisco (SFO) – Singapore (SIN)SQ 31A350-900Business, Premium Economy, Economy
Daily
San Francisco (SFO) – Singapore (SIN)SQ 33A350-900ULRBusiness, Premium Economy
3x weekly
Seattle (SEA) – Singapore (SIN)SQ 27A350-900Business, Premium Economy, Economy
5x weekly

Best Ways To Earn To Fly Singapore Airlines

Using Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles is pretty much your only option when it comes to booking premium economy, business, or first class.

Although Singapore Airlines’ premium cabin awards will cost you a lot of miles, it’s also your only option.

The good news is that it won’t levy any fuel surcharges on its own metal, so your out-of-pocket payments will be minimized.

There are tons of ways to earn a boatload of Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles, so it’s a little easier on that front.

Now that we’ve illustrated the route options and their associated aircraft, let’s see what our options are for each seat!

Singapore First Class Suite Options

Ah, the Singapore Airlines first class suite. This beauty is one of the best ways to fly anywhere in the sky. The fact that this flight is even offered to/from the U.S. is already a blessing.

Hot Tip: Unfortunately, the A380 will be pulled from the New York to Frankfurt route beginning May 15, 2023. It will be replaced with a Boeing 777-300ER.

Singapore Airlines New A380 First Class Suite

New Singapore Suites, A380
You can fly the new Singapore Suites from New York to Frankfurt! Image Credit: Alex Miller

The only A380 first class suites option from the U.S. is on a 5th freedom flight between New York (JFK) and Frankfurt (FRA).

This flight continues on from Frankfurt to Singapore, which you can also book! Additionally, once you get to Singapore, you can continue onto essentially any destination, such as Sydney (SYD).

Here’s what the seat map looks like:

Singapore Airlines New A380 First Class Suites seat map
Singapore Airlines new A380 first class suites seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

To get an idea of what the experience is like, check out our review of the newer A380 first class suites!

Singapore Airlines 777-300ER First Class

Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 First Class - From Rear
Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 first class. Image Credit: Greg Stone

The other first class product you can fly with Singapore Airlines is the 777 first class. Though not as glamorous as the A380 first class suites, it is still tremendously private and luxurious. There are just 4 seats spread out across 1 row in a 1-2-1 configuration. Talk about privacy!

These seats are also gigantic, with a width of 35 inches and a pitch of 81 inches! 

Here’s what the seat map looks like:

Singapore Airlines 777-300ER First Class seat map
Singapore Airlines 777-300ER first class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

Your 2 first class seat route options, ironically enough, are also not nonstops directly to Singapore. They are actually 1-stop flights!

These 2 routes are:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Tokyo (NRT) – Singapore (SIN)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Hong Kong (HKG) – Singapore (SIN)

Hot Tip: Looking to fly one of these Singapore Airlines products on points? Read about the many ways to earn Singapore KrisFlyer miles to book your next award flight.

Singapore Business Class Seat Options

Singapore Airlines 777 Business Class
Singapore Airlines 777 business class is extremely spacious! Image Credit: Stephen Au

Buckle up, because this is where it gets crazy! There are a lot of different business class seats flown by Singapore Airlines.

You can sit in business class on all the planes we mentioned above — but they’re not all the same. So we’re going to pass on a few nuggets about each product.

Singapore Airlines New A380 Business Class

Singapore Airlines Airbus New A380 Business Class Cabin
Singapore Airlines Airbus new A380 business class cabin. Image Credit: Greg Stone

Our favorite business class product is on the new A380 aircraft. Each of the seats is hand-stitched with Poltrona Frau’s full-grain leather and a ton of privacy.

These seats can become double beds, making it one of the only business class products in the sky with a double bed.

The new A380 business class seat is 30 inches wide, has a pitch of 55 inches, and is spread out in a 1-2-1 configuration.

Here’s the seat map:

Singapore Airlines New A380 business class seat map
Singapore Airlines new A380 business class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

Smart travelers will do well to choose row 96 seats, which have enhanced legroom and more privacy. You can find the new A380 flown on this U.S. route:

  • New York (JFK) – Frankfurt (FRA) – Singapore (SIN)

Singapore Airlines 777-300ER Business Class

The 777 was retrofitted in 2013 — which means the seats are still very spacious — but it also features a crisp entertainment screen, tons of storage space, and modern finishes.

Also, the 777 business class seat is wide at 28 inches (particularly for the upper body). The hard product is retrofitted, which means that it’s still a relatively new seat.

However, the main problem is that the 777 has a restrictive footwell (more so than the A380). This means it might be difficult to move your feet in the 777 compared to the A380’s business class seat.

Here’s the seat map:

Singapore Airlines 777-300ER business class seat map
Singapore Airlines 777-300ER business class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

We recommend choosing rows 11 and 15 (pick row 11 when you can for complete privacy!). Currently, the 777-300ER is operated on just 2 routes:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Tokyo (NRT) – Singapore (SIN)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Hong Kong (HKG) – Singapore (SIN)

Singapore Airlines A350-900 Business Class

Singapore Airlines A350-900 Business Class seat map
Singapore Airlines A350-900 business class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

On the A350, your business class seat is the same width as the 777 at 28 inches. The main difference is that you have less overall space on the A350.

Depending on what you make of it, the screen is much closer, and the footwell is smaller than the 777’s.

Basically, the A350 business class seat is a more compact version of the 777. You might be well-suited to reserve bulkhead seats in rows 11 and 19 if you would like extra legroom.

Keep in mind that these seats are near galleys and/or lavatories, so you might encounter more noise and foot traffic.

The A350-900 is flown on the following routes:

  • Houston (IAH) – Manchester (MAN) – Singapore (SIN)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Taipei (TPE) 
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Singapore (SIN) on SQ 31
  • Seattle (SEA) – Singapore (SIN)

Singapore Airlines A350-900ULR Business Class

Last, but not least, the A350-900ULR is Singapore Airlines’ ultra-long-range aircraft flown on its longest routes. In fact, this unique aircraft doesn’t have an economy class cabin at all, just business and premium economy.

The A350-900ULR’s business class seat is identical to the A350-900’s business class seat, so keep that in mind.

And its business class cabin is enormous with 67 lie-flat seats in a 1-2-1 arrangement shown here:

Singapore Airlines A350-900ULR business class seat map
Singapore Airlines A350-900ULR business class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

The best seats are in rows 10, 11 (except 11A), and 19, with the bulkhead’s extra legroom. Here are the A350-900ULR routes operated by Singapore Airlines:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Singapore (SIN)
  • New York (JFK) – Singapore (SIN)
  • Newark (EWR) – Singapore (SIN)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Singapore (SIN) on SQ 33

Bottom Line: In summary, the new A380 business class product is the best available. But you probably won’t be upset if you fly on any other business class product Singapore Airlines has to offer! Just remember to choose bulkhead seats in business class if you need more legroom. 

Singapore Premium Economy Seat Options

You can fly on premium economy aboard all the planes and all the routes mentioned in the table at the beginning of this guide.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through what premium economy looks like on each aircraft.

On both the A350-900ULR and the new A380, you’ll enjoy cutting-edge technology.

Ultimately, each plane’s premium economy cabin has its own strengths and weaknesses. The seats on the A350-900ULR are our favorite, especially if you’re a solo traveler.

Singapore Airlines A350-900ULR Premium Economy Class

Singapore Airlines A350-900ULR premium economy
If you plan properly, you can sit all by yourself in your own premium economy seat with direct aisle access on the A350-900ULR! Image Credit: Singapore Airlines

On the A350-900ULR, there are 94 premium economy seats spread out across 9 rows in a 2-4-2 arrangement, plus 3 rows in a 1-4-1 arrangement, and 1 row of 4 seats in the center back of the aircraft.

Size-wise, the premium economy seats on the 777, A380, and A350-900ULR are the same: 18.5 inches wide and 38 inches in pitch.

However, the A350-900ULR is our winner because if you sit on the sides of rows 40 to 42, you’ll essentially have your own row to yourself. You’ll also get your own overhead bin!

Singapore Airlines A350-900ULR Premium Economy Class seat map
Singapore Airlines A350-900ULR premium economy class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

Here are the routes offering the A350-900ULR:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Singapore (SIN)
  • New York (JFK) – Singapore (SIN)
  • Newark (EWR) – Singapore (SIN)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Singapore (SIN) on SQ 33

Singapore Airlines New A380 Premium Economy Class

The A380 has 36 premium economy seats spread out across 4 rows in a 2-4-2 arrangement, and 2 pairs of 2 seats at the back of the premium economy cabin on each side of the plane.

Singapore Airlines A380 Premium Economy Seat Map
The A380 premium economy cabin on Singapore Airlines features newer seats and a decent 2-4-2 configuration, which is still very nice! Image Credit: SeatGuru

The new A380 can be found on this U.S. route:

  • New York (JFK) – Frankfurt (FRA) – Singapore (SIN)

Singapore Airlines 777-300ER Premium Economy Class

The 777-300ER’s premium economy seat is identical in size to the new A380, but the difference is that the 777-300ER may be less comfortable to ride in from a cabin humidity perspective.

That said, the 777-300ER premium economy cabin is smaller than the A380’s.

On the 777-300ER, there are 28 premium economy seats spread out across 3 rows in a 2-4-2 arrangement, followed by an extra middle row of 4 seats in the back of the cabin.

Singapore Airlines 777-300ER Premium Economy Seat Map
Singapore Airlines 777-300ER premium economy seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

Here are the routes on which you can find this cabin:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Tokyo (NRT) – Singapore (SIN)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Hong Kong (HKG) – Singapore (SIN)

Singapore Airlines A350-900 Premium Economy Class

On the A350-900, there are 24 premium economy seats spread out across 3 rows in a 2-4-2 arrangement.

Singapore Airlines A350-900 Premium Economy Seat Map
The premium economy cabin is very private on the Singapore Airlines A350-900! Image Credit: SeatGuru

Premium economy seats on the A350-900 are slightly more cramped, sitting a half-inch narrower at 18 inches wide.

However, the big benefit of the A350-900 premium economy cabin is that there are only 3 rows of 8 seats each in a 2-4-2 configuration — it’s more intimate! 

That said, the seat is smaller, which is why it falls at the bottom of our ranking list.

  • Houston (IAH) – Manchester (MAN) – Singapore (SIN)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Taipei (TPE) 
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Singapore (SIN) on SQ 31
  • Seattle (SEA) – Singapore (SIN)

Bottom Line: Personally, we would always pick the premium economy seats in rows 40 to 42 on the A350-900ULR, because you essentially get your own side of the plane to sprawl out in. It’s very private, features the best technology, and has new seats.

Singapore Airlines Economy Seat Options

Singapore Airlines economy
Image Credit: Singapore Airlines

Last, but not least, Singapore Airlines offers a great experience even when flying economy!

In this section, we’ll hash through all of the specifics in each aircraft, including which seats you should try to reserve.

It’s important to note that the A350-900ULR doesn’t actually have an economy cabin. It’s a 2-cabin aircraft with business and premium economy only.

These planes were designed for ultra-long-haul flights, so it makes sense that the airline wouldn’t sell tickets allowing anybody to subject themselves to that level of discomfort.

Let’s get to it!

Singapore Airlines New A380 Economy Class

The seats on the 777 and A380 are the same size, measuring wider than the A350 at 19 inches wide and 32 inches in pitch. For this reason, you will always want to fly on either the 777 or A380 in Singapore Airlines’ economy!

Most would lean towards flying on the A380 over the 777 if the seats are the same. This is because the A380 is a much more thrilling ride due to its sheer size and novelty. There’s just something about the ridiculous noise isolation in the A380 that makes for a pleasant experience.

Many also think the A380 is more aerodynamically stable, some people believe that the 777 is better — it’s ultimately up to you to decide.

The A380’s layout is 10 abreast in a 3-4-3 configuration:

Singapore Airlines New A380 Economy Class seat map
Singapore Airlines new A380 economy class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

We recommend reserving any of the green-colored seats above; these seats have extra legroom for more comfort. We recommend avoiding rows 57, 58, 68, 78, and 79 at all costs due to the proximity to the lavatories and limited recline.

Currently, the new A380 is flown on just 1 U.S. route:

  • New York (JFK) – Frankfurt (FRA) – Singapore (SIN)

Singapore Airlines 777-300ER Economy Class

Our runner-up is the 777-300ER in economy. Remember, the seats are the same on the 777-300ER and the A380.

The main difference is the flying experience — the cabin has seats in a 3-3-3 arrangement:

Singapore Airlines 777-300ER Economy Class seat map
Singapore Airlines 777-300ER economy class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

Smart travelers will try to snag seats in row 41 before everybody else!

You can find the 777-300ER flown on these U.S. routes:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Tokyo (NRT) – Singapore (SIN)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Hong Kong (HKG) – Singapore (SIN)

Singapore Airlines A350-900 Economy Class

Lastly, let’s talk about the Singapore Airlines A350-900 economy class cabin.

The cabin is laid out in a 3-3-3 configuration with slightly smaller seats compared to those on the 777-300ER or the A380.

Each seat measures 18 inches wide and 32 inches in pitch. Here’s the seat map:

Singapore Airlines A350-900 Economy Class seat map
Singapore Airlines A350-900 economy class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

Row 41 seats are the best, as are 48A and 48K, particularly for solo travelers.

If you can, we recommend avoiding rows 46, 61, and 62 seats due to the lack of recline and proximity to lavatories and galleys.

You can find the A350-900 on these nonstop U.S. routes:

  • Houston (IAH) – Manchester (MAN) – Singapore (SIN)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Taipei (TPE) 
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Singapore (SIN) on SQ 31
  • Seattle (SEA) – Singapore (SIN)

Final Thoughts

We’ve now discussed all the route options and described the seating arrangement and experience for Singapore Airlines flights departing the U.S.!

As far as the best first class route options go, there’s simply no better way to fly from the U.S. on Singapore Airlines than on the new first class suites! Unfortunately, this route is only available on the flight from New York to Frankfurt (and onwards from Frankfurt to Singapore).

If this route isn’t close to anything on your agenda, you can also fly the ridiculously wide first class seats (more like private thrones) on the 777 from Los Angeles to Tokyo or San Francisco to Hong Kong!

Among business class route options, we believe the best business class is on the A380 due to its updated product that can become double beds. It has cutting-edge technology, tons of space (especially for your feet in the bulkhead seats!), and plenty of storage compartments.

Premium economy is without a doubt a worthwhile consideration. You can easily upgrade, and depending on where you sit on each plane, it can make for a solid experience. We would always fly on the A350-900ULR and sit in rows 40 to 42 on the sides of the plane, due to the fact that you get your own private seat and row!

Lastly, economy is a bit difficult to differentiate between Singapore’s routes and flights. We find the A380 superb because of its inflight comfort and noise cancellation. Avoid the A350-900 if you can because the seats are (slightly) narrower.

No matter what class you fly, you’ll ultimately be satisfied by the stellar Singapore Airlines service on every flight!

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the best way to book Singapore Airlines first class suites?

Unfortunately, Singapore Airlines rarely makes its premium awards available for partner award bookings. For this reason, you’ll need to rely on Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles.

For the JFK-FRA route, first class suites will cost 86,000 miles one-way. Read our in-depth guide to booking Singapore Airlines first class.

What's the best ways to book Singapore Airlines business class?

Again, you’ll be limited to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles when booking business class (for the most part).

Flights to Japan from Los Angeles will cost 92,000 miles in business one-way.

Flights to Hong Kong from San Francisco will cost 89,000 miles in business.

What's the best ways to book Singapore Airlines premium economy class?

Premium economy is difficult to book with points and miles in general. This is because many airlines don’t have award charts for premium economy and therefore can’t book it for customers.

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer has a premium economy award chart. You should consider booking with KrisFlyer in this case.

If you booked Los Angeles to Tokyo, it would cost 66,000 miles for premium economy. For Los Angeles to Taipei or San Francisco to Hong Kong, the price drops to 63,000 miles. From Los Angeles to Singapore nonstop, the price is 68,000 miles. The flight from New York (EWR or JFK) to Singapore nonstop would cost 73,000 miles. Lastly, for New York to Frankfurt, the price would be 47,000 miles.

Here’s the link to KrisFlyer’s award chart.

What's the best ways to book Singapore Airlines economy class?

This is where you can utilize partner programs.

For the SFO-HKG route, ANA Mileage Club charges 60,000 miles round-trip in economy, while Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer charges 66,000 miles round-trip.

Otherwise, LifeMiles charges 78,000 miles round-trip.

Singapore is transfer partners with all the major transferable currencies, including American Express Membership Rewards, Brex Rewards, Capital One Miles, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, and Marriott Bonvoy.

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