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United Airlines to resume flights to Singapore in January 2022

United Airlines has announced that it will resume flights to Singapore in January 2022 as part of the Singaporean Government’s Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL).

Singapore resumption

Starting 5th January 2022, United will once again operate flights between San Francisco International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport. The flights will initially run 4-times-a-week. However, from 13th February 2022, the flight will be operated daily. The flight will run with the following schedule:

  • San Francisco-Singapore
  • Departure time: 22:30
  • Arrival time: 07:40 (+2 days)
  • Flight time: 17 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: UA1
  • Frequency: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (daily from 13th February 2022)
  • Singapore-San Francisco
  • Departure time: 10:10
  • Arrival time: 08:50
  • Flight time: 14 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: UA2
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (daily from 13th February 2022)
  • Note: This flight resumes on 9th February 2022

These flights will be operated by a Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner featuring 257 seats. At the front of the aircraft, there are 48 United Polaris lie-flat Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Then, there are 21 Premium Economy Class seats in a 2-3-2 configuration.

After this, there are 39 extra-legroom Economy Class seats that are the same as normal economy class seats but offer about 3 more inches of legroom compared to standard economy class seats. Lastly, there are 149 standard Economy Class seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.

All passengers onboard will have access to entertainment via seatback screens. Power outlets and USB ports are also available throughout the cabin. Wi-Fi is also available in all cabins.

United, in a statement, said:

United looks forward to resuming flights between San Francisco and Singapore beginning January 5 in accordance with the Singapore Government’s Vaccinated Travel Lane program (VTL), which requires all passengers traveling to Singapore to be vaccinated against COVID-19. United is the only U.S. carrier to serve Singapore and will operate four weekly flights with a Boeing 787-9 equipped with Polaris and United Premium Plus cabins. Tickets for these flights will be available for sale this evening on united.com and United’s mobile app.

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VTL service

Flights to Singapore will be operated as part of the Singaporean Government’s Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL). The United States is under category 2 for entry into Singapore. All travellers entering Singapore under the Vaccinated Traveller Lane (VTL) for category 2 countries must comply with
prevailing VT requirements:

  • Present a digital proof of full vaccination that is recognised by the Singapore authorities.
  • Prior to entering Singapore, travellers must take a COVID-19 pre-departure test within 2 days before departure and obtain a copy of the negative COVID-19 test report.
  • The test, either an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) administered by a trained professional (self-swabs not allowed) OR Polymerase Chain Reaction Test, must be taken at an internationally accredited or recognised lab/clinic/medical facility.
  • Travellers must serve a 7-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at any of the following accommodation – place of residence, self-sourced hotel or serviced apartment and take a COVID-19 PCR test before the end of the SHN.
  • For transits in the United States lasting more than 24 hours, a pre-departure test must be taken within 2 days from the last leg of the journey to Singapore.

United will compete with Singapore Airlines which operates daily flight to San Francisco.

More information on the Vaccinated Travel Lane is available here.

Meanwhile, United Airlines has added 44 flights to Las Vegas for Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022.

Featured image by United

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