In route news, Singapore Airlines will revive San Francisco flights next month; Cathay Pacific is dropping some U.S. routes; Copa is back at SFO this weekend; Frontier Airlines will move into Oakland; Southwest and Allegiant add California service; Alaska and American announce new mutual perks for their frequent flier members; major carriers extend change fee elimination to international routes; Delta pushes its empty-middle-seat promise into the spring; airlines prepare to put 737 Max aircraft back into service; Norwegian files for reorganization; new U.S.-U.K. bilateral air agreement is signed; Aer Lingus gets the nod to join AA/British Airways joint venture; Korean Air will buy a controlling stake in Asiana; and Los Angeles International opens COVID-19 testing facilities for passengers.
Singapore Airlines is coming back to San Francisco International next month following a pandemic-induced interruption of service. The airline said it will use an ultra-long-range, two-class Airbus A350-900 to fly to Singapore three times a week starting Dec. 17, with SFO departures for the 17.5-hour flights on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The SFO-SIN aircraft will have 67 seats in business class and 94 in premium economy — no regular economy. And on Dec. 2, the airline said, it plans to increase frequencies on its Los Angeles-Singapore route from three flights a week to five, using a three-class A350-900. Singapore Airlines recently resumed its New York JFK-Singapore route as well. To see Singapore’s current entry restrictions on U.S. citizens, click here.