The rumours are true! After a 12 year hiatus, Singapore Airlines will fly to Canada once again, with service to Vancouver starting from 2 December 2021.
When Singapore announced an (astonishing!) eight country expansion to the VTL, there was one interesting destination on the list: Canada. That’s because while all the other seven had non-stop flight services from Singapore, Canada was the one, notable exception.
Singapore Airlines had ended its Canada services in April 2009, pulling a plug to its 3X weekly flight from Singapore to Vancouver via Seoul due to poor demand amidst the financial crisis.
It wasn’t impossible to get to Canada, since you could transit in countries that Singapore has VTL arrangements with, but a non-stop flight would save time and convenience.
There were certainly rumbles being made, notwithstanding this post that was allegedly leaked..
Since then, SIA has confirmed the news, with a launch of a 4x weekly seasonal service to Vancouver and onwards to Seattle starting 2 December 2021. Two of the weekly Seattle-Vancouver-Singapore flights will operate as VTL services, allowing eligible customers to fly to Singapore with no SHN on arrival.
With this piece of news, SIA will also convert its daily non-stop services from San Francisco to Singapore into a VTL flight from 20 October 2021.
From 2 December 2021 to 15 February 2022, SIA will launch a 4x weekly service to Vancouver and Seattle. Tickets has since been made available since 12 October 2021, 1200 hours (SGT), so fastest fingers first!
On the outbound leg from Singapore, SQ28 will fly to Vancouver at 0915 and arrive at 0735 on the same day, before heading onwards to Seattle from 0840 to 0930. These flights will take place on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
For the inbound leg into Singapore, there are slightly more details. SQ27 returns to Singapore on Tuesdays and Fridays. For those who want to take advantage of quarantine-free travel, take note. SQ29 is the designated VTL flight, and operates on Thursdays and Saturdays. These flights will leave Seattle at 1100 hours, reaching Vancouver at 1145. It will then depart Vancouver at 1315 before arriving in Singapore at 2205 (+1 day).
To be precise: passengers flying on SQ27 will enter Singapore under Category II rules (7-day SHN at home), while passengers flying on SQ29 will enter Singapore under VTL rules (swab on arrival, no SHN).
Flights will presumably be operated by a long-haul configured A350-900 (since A380s are still grounded), with 253 seats split into:
- 42 Business Class
- 24 Premium Economy Class
- 187 Economy Class
In terms of redemptions, while SIA hasn’t announced rates to Vancouver, its reasonable to think that it will be the same rate as flights to Seattle, which stands at 95,000 miles for a one-way Business Saver award, and 120,000 miles for a one-way Business Advantage award. One-way economy rates for Saver and Advantage awards stand at 38,000 and 70,000 miles respectively.
San Francisco VTL
With the resumption of flights to Vancouver, SIA will be converting SQ33, a daily non-stop service from San Francisco to Singapore, into a VTL flight from Wednesday, 20 October 2021. This brings SIA’s lineup of VTL flights to a grand total of 4, with existing VTL services operating out of Los Angeles, New York and Seattle.
All other flights between San Francisco and Singapore, including the San Francisco-Hong Kong-Singapore service on SQ7, will be a non-VTL flight.
For ideas on accommodation, do check out Dickson’s review of the Hilton San Francisco Financial District!
The addition of San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver expands SIA’s VTL travel destinations to a grand total of 16! The travel scene has certainly brightened! Also, with the latest development that unvaccinated children 12 and below will be able to travel on the VTL, year-end travel for 2021 is certainly a reality!
I’m going to try to get a seat on the inaugural flight to Vancouver- my first time ever on an inaugural flight! Perhaps we could have a little Atas Accountant meet up on the flight..!
Are you excited about Singapore Airlines returning to Canada?