Singapore Airlines just announced a rather surprising new routing today for their winter schedule as they will serve Vancouver, Canada from December 2, 2021 in conjunction with continuation flight to/from Seattle, WA.
Passengers traveling on SIA to Vancouver will in fact be much better off than the Seattle passengers as YVR will be served nonstop while SEA passengers are going to face the additional stop in Vancouver.
There have been persistent rumors that Singapore Airlines would return to Vancouver in the past after the airline stopped their service to YVR back in 2009, much to the disappointment of many loyal customers including several lifetime Solitaire members living in BC.
Here is the connection that will be available:
The price is actually rather reasonable, S$4005 for the round trip in Business Class is US$2950 so that’s pretty good. Flights are usually a bit cheaper when ticketed from North America to Singapore.
For the time being when you search for flights to Seattle it isn’t offered on the inbound via Vancouver but the return offers the connection:
The connection will be offered four times per week: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for the upcoming winter schedule that ends on February 15, 2022. Let’s see if this will be continued beyond that date. I have to say it’s a pretty odd timing (off season) to introduce flights to Vancouver.
This flight is part of the VTL flight. To be able to board it, you must meet all VTL requirements.
Travelling to multiple VTL countries within the same trip is allowed. Travellers will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination and take two Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests when flying into Singapore. Short-term visitors and Long-Term Pass holders need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) to board the VTL flights to Singapore, which can be done online.
This is important and should be considered even when booking a final destination that isn’t Singapore and where the same restrictions wouldn’t typically apply. As John wrote previously the PCR testing requirements for Singapore transits and Singapore Airlines are strict. I’d probably just book another airline for connection purposes. With Singapore as a final destination or if you’re a Singapore resident and want to fly to Canada then sure, why not.
I do however fail to see the allure for Seattle passengers to take this specific flight. With 1:30h on the ground at YVR you can just as well connect through San Francisco or Los Angeles if flights are more suitable time wise.
This is the seat map for the Airbus A350-900:
What would be fun is a fifth freedom short hop on SQ between Seattle and Vancouver similar to other SQ routes such as Los Angeles-Tokyo and New York-Frankfurt. Right now this isn’t being sold for the YVR-SEA-YVR city pair and considering this flight is a designated Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) itinerary I doubt it’s going to happen anytime soon.
Singapore Airlines is soon restarting flights to Vancouver, a destination they abandoned back in 2009. For now this is schedule for the winter only meaning the schedule reaching from December 1, 2021 until February 15, 2022.
The flights are now bookable both for cash and miles. Make sure you fulfill the requirements of taking this flight in terms of vaccination / test regulations before considering booking it.