Singapore Airlines is planning a relaunch of its Fifth Freedom service between Tokyo and Los Angeles.
Singapore Airlines, based at Changi Airport (SIN), plans to resume its fifth freedom Tokyo-Los Angeles flights in summer 2021. The national flag carrier of Singapore is betting that, following the success of the United States in vaccinating its people, American tourists will be able to fly to Asia beginning in June.
Photo From singaporeair.com
Singapore Airlines has been slowly but steadily reintroducing its routes to the United States since November. Americans are currently prohibited from entering Singapore, but residents and long-term pass holders can do so after completing a 21-day quarantine period. This, however, could soon change, given the United States' success in having citizens vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, almost half of all Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with almost a third of the population completely vaccinated.
In view of this, Singapore Airlines plans to resume its fifth freedom flight between Tokyo and Los Angeles on June 16, 2021. Since it lands in a country that is neither Singapore nor the United States, the flight is designated as a "fifth freedom" flight. This suggests that the airline would only be able to carry passengers between Singapore and Japan, and then between Japan and the United States.
Initially, Singapore Airlines plans to fly the route five days a week during the summer, but once borders open up and more people begin to fly, the frequency can be increased to regular. The 18-hour-and-25-minute flight includes a one-hour-and-ten-minute refuelling stop at Tokyo's Narita International Airport (NRT). Passengers are allowed to disembark and stretch their legs during the stopover. This brief layover helps passengers to learn about Japanese culture and sample some of the many culinary delights available at the airport bars and restaurants.
SQ 12 departs at 09:25 from Changi Airport Terminal 3 and arrives at 17:30 at Narita International Airport. The flight departs Narita at 12:50 and arrives at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminal B after a one-hour ten-minute layover.
Singapore Airlines intends to fly one of its 27 long-range Boeing 777-300ERs on the run. The plane has four service classes: four suites in first class, 48 lie-flat business class seats, 28 luxury economy seats, and 184 regular economy seats. Singapore Airlines' Boeing 777-300ERs have a range of 7,370 nautical miles thanks to two General Electric GE90 engines (13,649 kilometers).
According to the CDC, you are completely vaccinated after the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Janssen vaccine. Make sure you understand the airline and destination criteria for COVID-19 and travel before going overseas. You will be refused entry into a country and placed on the next flight back to the United States if you do not meet destination criteria. A negative PCR test must be taken no later than 72 hours before departure in Singapore. Passengers entering Singapore must take a COVID-19 PCR examination upon arrival. In addition, depending on the country from which you are travelling, you might be required to quarantine for 21 days.
While Americans are still barred from entering Japan, Singapore Airlines is likely hoping that restrictions on fully vaccinated travellers will be eased before the SIN-NRT-LAX flights resume in June. Singapore Airlines believes that the restrictions will be lifted because Japan is hosting the Summer Olympics.