Sorry to see these SQ flights will stop, about three weeks from now. SQ Publishes A345 SIN-LAX/EWR Nonstop End Dates (by LAXintl Dec 20 2012 in Civil Aviation)
SIN-LAX comes to an end on October 21, 2013, while SIN-EWR ends November 24, 2013.
Additionally SQ seems to be reducing frequency to EWR to 4x weekly (Mon/Tue/Thu/Sat) as well.
This drops SQ's flights to the US to four destinations and reduces the number of daily flights from 7 to 5. LAX and JFK to just one daily A380. SIN-NRT-LAX. JFK-FRA-SIN. SIN-SFO is twice daily, one via ICN and one via HKG. SIN-IAH is once daily. IAH-DME-SIN. IAH and SFO flights are all on 77Ws.
I am starting this thread to explore what are some possible options for SQ post the withdrawal of the non-stops. Will SQ revive the old SIN-TPE-LAX or SIN-AMS-ORD routes? What about EWR? Are they content leaving an A380 parked the whole day on the tarmac of JFK?
What could be some alternate routes and US destinations they could or should consider? Especially in the light of growth by EK and QR (which will benefit more with the oneworld membership). Will they not need 5th freedom, for these one-stop flights?
In India, and the sub-continent, SQ is already feeling the pinch of competition from the Middle East Big 4 (MEB4) carriers EK, EY, QR and TK on the US routes, and the sub-continent does give significant traffic to the MEB4. Due to geography, Sub-continent ~ Europe is out of the question for SQ, just as Asia-Pac and Australia is for the MEB4.
Even trans-Pacific routes, SQ is falling behind CX in destinations to the US. What should be its strategy?
Thanks in advance.