Inaugural Singapore Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Singapore makes U-turn after 40 minutes

PHOTO: Singapore Airlines

The inaugural Los Angeles-Singapore flight by Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Friday (Nov 2) had to make a U-turn after an error with the engine oil meter readings.

SQ37 departed Los Angeles (LA) at 11.24pm (2.24pm, Nov 3, Singapore time) and landed back in LA at 1.33am, said an SIA spokesman. It turned back when it was above the Pacific Ocean.

"A decision was made to return to LA about 40 minutes into the flight after the flight crew detected an error with the engine oil meter readings," he said.

After it landed, engineers inspected the aircraft and declared it serviceable, he added.

It eventually departed from LA at 4.41am on Saturday, and is expected to land in Singapore at around 1pm on Sunday.

There are 141 passengers on board the flight, he said.

The LA-Singapore service uses the new Airbus 350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) aircraft, and SIA is the first airline in the world to operate the plane.

The LA-Singapore service uses the new Airbus 350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) aircraft, and SIA is the first airline in the world to operate the plane.

Singapore Airlines flys world's longest commercial flight from Singapore to New York

  • Singapore has resumed, after five years, the world's longest commercial flight - a near-19 hour non-stop from Singapore to New York.
  • SIA's two-class plane for SQ22 offers 67 seats in business class and 94 in premium economy.
  • Many passenrsge were excited to be part of a history-making flight - the world's longest non-stop commercial service.
  • The launch of the Singapore-Newark service signifies a new era of growth for the important United States market, SIA's senior vice-president for sales and marketing said.
  • SIA is offering new services to New York (Newark), San Francisco and Los Angeles, and in all, the airline will be operating 27 non-stop services each week from Singapore to the US before the end of this year.

This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction.