United has announced that they will begin a gruelling non-stop Los Angeles – Singapore service beginning October 27 on a Boeing 787-9 aircraft, with a Westbound flight that takes a mind numbing 18 hours and flies 8770 miles (source View From The Wing).
The schedule is:
Los Angeles – Singapore, 8:55pm – 6:50am+2, United flight UA37
Singapore – Los Angeles, 11:00am – 10:15am, United flight UA38
I would always prefer to fly in Economy, Premium Economy on Business Class seats on Singapore Airlines, which already flies non-stop San Francisco – Singapore using an Airbus A350. The Singapore product on the A350 beats United. I have reviewed Singapore Business Class on A350 which is a good example of what you might experience on this flight.
According to View From The Wing, Singapore Airlines also plans to fly both Los Angeles and New York – Singapore on its new Airbus A350ULR (“ultra long range”) aircraft next year which will reportedly only have business and premium economy seating only.
There is another cheaper option for Coach or Economy and Premium Economy. Norwegian Airlines is currently offering flights from Oakland, San Francisco to Singapore on their Dreamliner via London for $330 in Economy or $1,541 one way (current prices for 6th Oct). These flights only take place once a week but offer a cheap alternative flight option to get to Singapore.
Norwegian Airlines Premium Economy is not a patch on lie-flat Business Class but is impressive when compared to other Premium Economy products. In fact, it is better than most other airline Premium Economy products, see my top 10 best Premium Economy airlines in the world. Why is it better? Norwegian Premium offers much more leg room at 46″ than other Premium Economy options. This means your seat offers a very decent recline making it possible to sleep. This is not flat-bed. It is more like 1980’s First Class, but for the price, the product is excellent.
I would choose Singapore Airlines for comfort and better seat and overall product, or Norwegian for a price sensitive fare over United for this trip to Singapore, unless my base was LA, in which case I would fly United until Singapore launches it’s A350ULR.
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