Only 42 Routes: Where Is Singapore Airlines Flying This Week?

The Indonesian capital of Jakarta has more departures by Singapore Airlines this week than any other destination. It…

Only 42 Routes: Where Is Singapore Airlines Flying This Week?

The Indonesian capital of Jakarta has more departures by Singapore Airlines this week than any other destination. It is one of 42 bookable passenger destinations bookable. However, Singapore Airlines has just 32% of its pre-pandemic flights, showing how long the road ahead will be.

Singapore Airlines has 272 departures from its Changi hub in the week of September 24th. The A350-900 (pictured) has 59.7% of the flights, distantly followed by the B737-800 (16.5%), the B777-300ER (14.7%) and the B787-10 (9.1%). Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

42 routes for Singapore Airlines this week

Singapore Airlines has 42 bookable passenger destinations this week, starting September 24th. When combined, it has some 272 outbound departures from its Changi hub, around 39 a day. This level of flights is just 32% of what it had in the same week in 2019, OAG data confirms.

With 24 weekly flights, the short link to Jakarta, 475 nautical miles away, is the most-served this week, as shown below. Los Angeles features highly, with the California city served both non-stop (nine-weekly) and one-stop via Tokyo Narita (three-weekly).

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Los Angeles is one of four one-stop routes, joining Barcelona (three-weekly via Milan Malpensa), Cape Town (twice-weekly via Johannesburg), and Rome Fiumicino (three-weekly via Copenhagen). Rome to Changi via Denmark adds about 800 miles to the journey each way.

  • Jakarta: 24 weekly departures from Singapore
  • Kuala Lumpur: 18
  • Heathrow: 18
  • Bangkok: 14
  • Phuket: 14
  • Los Angeles: 12 (non-stop and one-stop)
  • Tokyo Narita: 11
  • Auckland: 10
  • Frankfurt: 10
  • Phnom Penh: 9
Singapore Airlines' network week beginning September 24th
Manila isn’t bookable on Singapore Airlines’ website but is still flying per Flightradar24, perhaps for cargo reasons. Image: OAG Mapper.

Significant changes to the top-10

Singapore to Jakarta is number-one, just as it is in normal times, OAG data shows. However, the rest of the top-10 list is quite different from previously. Gone are Hong Kong, Shanghai Pudong, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Denpasar, Tokyo Haneda, and Seoul Incheon. Four of these are still served but just far less often. For example, while Pudong was 28-weekly, it now has only a once-weekly service.

Sydney and Melbourne – together with Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth – have been cut and are no longer bookable, along with Depensar, serving the usually very popular Indonesian island of Bali.

Earlier this month, Karl Schubert, Singapore Airlines’ Head of Corporate Affairs for the Southwest Pacific, said, “We don’t have the clarity we need to have [or] the confidence to operate [to Australia].” While Denpasar is to resume from November, a no-nonsense approach for reopening Australia’s borders is desperately needed.

Singapore Airlines 737-800
The 162-seat B737-800, which has 150 economy seats and 12 in business, is used to Bandar, Kuala Lumpur, Male, Phnom Penh, and Phuket. Photo: Singapore Airlines.

A long way to go

Singapore Airlines remains very heavily affected by ongoing restrictions, both those imposed by itself and elsewhere. China, India, Australia, and the Philippines are severely impacted. In the week of September 24th, 2019, the Star Alliance carrier had 327 outbound departures to them, OAG shows, or 40% of its total. Now it has just three departures –  one each to Chongqing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen – and 1% of its total.

This has resulted in exceptionally low demand and, therefore, capacity deployment. In August, Singapore Airlines carried just 133,000 passengers with a seat load factor of 19.2%. It had far too much capacity relative to demand, a reminder of far it – and the industry generally –  still has to travel. Europe is no exception.

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To The Big Apple: Condor Announces New York Flights

Germany’s leisure airline, Condor, has put on sale a five-weekly service between Frankfurt – the carrier’s main airport…

To The Big Apple: Condor Announces New York Flights

Germany’s leisure airline, Condor, has put on sale a five-weekly service between Frankfurt – the carrier’s main airport – and New York JFK. Revolving around weekend breaks to the Big Apple, it won’t be the first time it has served the route. It has been lured back from surging demand and almost 10,000 fewer weekly seats from no Singapore Airlines or Delta at the moment.

Condor operated Frankfurt-JFK on a low-capacity basis in 2016 and most years since. Photo: Oliver Holzbauer via Flickr.

What’s happening?

Starting on November 11th, the 3,351 nautical mile route – ordinarily the 15th-largest non-stop market between the US and Europe – has the following schedule, with all times local.

  • DE2016: Frankfurt-JFK, 11:10-14:00
  • DE2017: JFK-Frankfurt, 16:25-05:50+1 (the next day)

It’ll operate Thursdays to Mondays, designed for long weekend getaways to the Big Apple as Christmastime approaches, until January 9th. The B767-300ER will be used. Although which specific configuration will be deployed isn’t known, the type has three layouts, each with 35 seats in premium economy, between 18 and 30 in business, and from 180 to 202 in economy.

Condor 767
This specific aircraft is 27.5 years old and is no longer operated by Condor. Having been with China Xinjiang, Eurofly, Alitalia, and Condor, it is now with Atlas Air as N664GT. Photo: Thomas Boon – Simple Flying.

Why is it happening?

Condor’s JFK route is happening for two main reasons. Firstly, and most importantly, the US will welcome fully vaccinated citizens from most of Europe, including Germany, from November, which has resulted in burgeoning demand.

Secondly, despite this surge, 54% fewer seats were planned each week in November than previously – a drop of almost 10,000 every week. This is from neither Singapore Airlines nor Delta operating then (see later).

The US opening up once more should help Europe’s stalled recovery and boost the performance of the major US and European network carriers. After all, in normal times, the transatlantic market to the US contributes a significant proportion of their overall profitability. This opening up wasn’t lost on Condor’s CEO, Ralf Teckentrup, who said:

“After the announcement that people from the EU would be able to travel to the USA without any complications the demand for US flights has more than doubled.”

Singapore Airlines, Airbus A380, Return
Singapore Airlines’ long-standing Singapore-Frankfurt-JFK route is presently bookable from January 2nd. Photo: Getty Images.

Frankfurt to JFK; a one million seat market

Frankfurt to JFK is a highly mature market that, by definition, has seen very little growth or change in airlines in the past 17 years. It has had more or less one million seats for a long time. The lack of development is such that in 2019 it had just 1% more non-stop seats than in 2004. No real change normally means strong performance.

In the week that Condor begins, it’ll compete head-to-head with a 14-weekly offering by Lufthansa, with seven-weekly flights by both the 255-seat A330-300 and 364-seat B747-8s. Its 747-8s have eight first-class seats, 80 in business, 32 in premium economy, and 244 in economy.

The development of Frankfurt to JFK
Primera Air had planned to shake up the market by beginning it in summer 2019, along with Frankfurt to Boston, Montreal, and Toronto. However, the carrier ceased to exist in 2018. Source of data: OAG.

Singapore Airlines and Delta will be returning

Singapore Airlines has operated Singapore-Frankfurt-JFK – with fifth-freedom traffic rights – for many years, and since 2014, it has been solely by the A380. It is currently bookable from January 2nd, a week before Condor ends the route, again by the A380.

Delta, meanwhile, had a 15.4% share of the market in 2019. Its once-daily service is bookable from Frankfurt on December 6th, with the 234-seat A330-200 – Delta’s least-used aircraft – plying the route. Condor is benefiting from this capacity gap, but mainly from no Singapore Airlines.

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