Singapore Airlines History

Founded in May, 1947, the airlines first flight was from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur using a twin-engined plane. Over the next decade, Singapore Airlines expanded thanks to the help of BOAC and Quantas, and went public in 1957. By 1967, the airline, part of Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA), had changed names, expanded its fleet, and completed the building for its headquarters in Singapore. In 1972, the original company (MSA) stopped operations, but Singapore Airlines was able to split off and keep all of their international routes out of Singapore in addition to their newly built headquarters.

Throughout the year, Singapore Airlines was able to transform into a player in the airline scene with additions of cities (London, Paris, Rome, Los Angeles), planes, and flights on the Singapore-Hong Kong-Taipei-Tokyo route. Service to Manila began in 1977, as did a Concorde for flights with British Airways to and from London. When 1980 rolled around, Singapore Airlines had additional flights to the United States, Canada, and European cities like Madrid, and by 1989, Zurich, Copenhagen, and San Francisco had joined the destinations list. Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban, were added in the 1990s, as was Terminal 2 in Changi Airport, which eventually became Singapore Airlines’ main hub.

The new millennium brought about the two longest nonstop flights in history with Singapore to Newark and Singapore to Los Angeles, and the airline bought its first double decker plane as well. These flights were also the first nonstop options between Singapore and the U.S. Several of the planes on these long distance routes were changed to all-business class seats. Singapore Airlines tried to earn the right to fly from Australia to the U.S. in 2006, but was denied, and by 2008, was fined $4.1 million for price fixing over a period of four years. Flights from Newark and Los Angeles to Singapore were cancelled in 2013.

Currently, Singapore Airlines is one of the top 15 airlines in the world and one of the biggest situated in Asia. They’ve also won many awards for service, quality, and their KrisFlyer frequent flyer program.


Singapore Airlines Alliance and Codeshare Agreements

Singapore Airlines is part of the Star Alliance and has several codeshare agreements with other airlines.


Star Alliance Members:

  • Adria Airways
  • Aegean Airlines
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air India
  • Air New Zealand
  • All Nippon Airways
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Copa Airlines
  • Croatia Airlines
  • EgyptAir
  • Ethopian Airlines
  • EVA Air
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • Swiss International Air Lines
  • TAP Portugal
  • Thai Airways International
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines


Codeshare Agreements:

  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Japan Airlines
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • SilkAir
  • US Airways
  • Vistara
  • Transaero Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways
  • Virgin America
  • Virgin Australia


Singapore Airlines Main Hubs and Where They Fly

Singapore Airlines has a main hub at Changi Airport and typically flies between Asia and Oceania. They have 62 destinations in 35 countries and are essential to the Kangaroo Route.


Main Hub:

  • Changi Airport (Singapore)


Where They Fly:

  • Adelaide
  • Ahmedabad
  • Amsterdam
  • Athens
  • Auckland
  • Bandar Seri Begawan
  • Bangalore
  • Bangkok
  • Barcelona
  • Beijing
  • Brisbane
  • Cape Town
  • Chennai
  • Christchurch
  • Colombo
  • Copenhagen
  • Delhi
  • Denpasar
  • Dhaka
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Fukuoka
  • Guangzhou
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hong Kong
  • Houston
  • Istanbul
  • Jakarta
  • Jeddah
  • Johannesburg
  • Kochi
  • Kolkata
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Malé
  • Manchester
  • Manila
  • Medan
  • Melbourne
  • Milan
  • Moscow
  • Mumbai
  • Munich
  • Nagoya
  • New York City
  • Okinawa
  • Osaka
  • Paris
  • Perth
  • Rome
  • San Francisco
  • São Paulo
  • Sapporo
  • Seoul
  • Shanghai
  • Surabaya
  • Sydney
  • Taipei
  • Tokyo
  • Yangon
  • Zurich


Singapore Airlines Frequent Flyer Program, KrisFlyer, and How it Works

Singapore Airline’s frequent flyer program, KrisFlyer, offers members the chance to earn miles on any flight they take with Singapore Airlines or their partners as well as on purchases with rental cars, credit cards, and hotels. It has three different memberships tiers (KrisFlyer, Elite Silver, Elite Gold), which translate easily through Star Alliance’s Silver and Gold tiers. All miles are valid for up to three years and all KrisFlyer members receive a 15% discount on miles needed for award travel when they redeem miles online.

KrisFlyer is the basic level where passengers begin earning miles and can redeem them for award trips. Qualifying miles are also earned to boost passengers from the KrisFlyer level to the Elite Silver or Elite gold statues. KrisFlyer members also earn points towards club status on Singapore Airlines Suites, First, or Business classes.

Elite Silver members earn a 25% bonus on all miles flown, have Star Alliance Silver status and priority reservation status, and have waived or reduced KrisFlyer fees. Priority airport standby and earning points towards club status on Singapore Airlines Suites, First, or Business classes are also enjoyed by Elite Silver members.

At the very top of the chart are the Elite Gold members. Elite Gold members earn 25% bonus miles on all flights, have Star Alliance Gold status, priority waitlist, standby, and check-in, and are allowed to bring extra bags. Priority boarding, lounge access to Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, SilkAir, and Star Alliance facilities, and reduced or waived fees are also awarded to these members.


Singapore Airlines First Class and Business Seats


Best Singapore Airlines Award Travel Flights


How to Book Singapore Airlines Award Travel

The best way to book Singapore Airlines award flights is through their website because all KrisFlyer members receive a 15% discount on miles needed when travel is booked through the site. Guests can also call the KrisFlyer Membership Services number (1-213-404-0301) or the Reservations number (1-800-742-3333); however, booking award travel by phone will not give you the discounted miles rate.

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir have a detailed spreadsheet with zones that explains the number of miles travelers need for certain destinations. It also easily shows which seats are economy saver, business saver, or suites/first saver. Award flights start at 7,500 KrisFlyer miles. Additionally, there is a mileage calculator to help you calculate the number of miles you need to fly on partner airlines for free.


How to Earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles

The best way to earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles is to use one of their co-branded credit cards for all purchases including airline tickets. With 13 options, there’s really a card for anyone; however, cards are only currently available in Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Taiwan. Those who don’t live in a country with a credit card option can use one of the many airline, hotel, rental car, bank, and shopping options to earn more points.

Earning miles also depends on class of travel and booking class on the airline. There’s an informational chart that explains mileage accrual eligibility and if your ticket qualifies for KrisFlyer mileage accrual. A mileage calculator is also available to show you how many miles you need to earn to fly on partner airlines. Flying Singapore Airlines and using their partners is the best way to earn KrisFlyer miles if you don’t live in a country with a Singapore Airlines credit card.


Credit Cards:

  • American Express Singapore Airlines Solitaire PPS Credit Card
  • American Express Singapore Airlines PPS Club Platinum Credit Card
  • American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Ascent Credit Card
  • American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold Credit Card
  • Singapore Airlines Westpac Platinum Credit Cards
  • Singapore Airlines Westpac Gold Credit Cards
  • BOC Singapore Airlines Visa Platinum Card
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer JCB Credit Cards
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Mitsui Sumitomo Credit Cards
  • BCA Singapore Airlines PPS Club Visa Infinite Card
  • BCA Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Visa Signature Card
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer American Express Gold Credit Card
  • American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Credit Card


Singapore Airlines Partners
  • Accor
  • Ascott, Citadines & Somerset
  • Carlson Rezidor Hotels
  • Fairmont, Raffles & Swissotel
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • HPL Hotels & Resorts
  • Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts
  • com
  • Kerzner
  • Langham Hospitality Group
  • Mandarin Oriental
  • Marriott International
  • Maybourne Hotel Group
  • Meritus Hotels & Resorts
  • Meliá Hotels International
  • Millennium & Copthorne
  • New Otani Hotels
  • Okura Hotels & Resorts
  • Pan Pacific & PARKROYAL
  • Park Regis Hotels
  • The Peninsula
  • Preferred Hotel Group
  • Regent Hotels & Resorts
  • Rendezvous Hotels and Resorts International
  • Rocketmiles
  • Rotana
  • Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts
  • Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces
  • Worldhotels
  • Avis
  • Europcar
  • Hertz
  • Sixt rent a car
  • Tradewinds Tours and Travel
  • com
  • Scoot
  • Tigerair
  • Adria Airways
  • Aegean Airlines
  • Aer Lingus
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air France
  • Air India
  • Air Malta
  • Air New Zealand
  • All Nippon Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Brussels Airlines
  • COPA
  • Croatia Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Dragon Airlines
  • Egyptair
  • EL AL Israel Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Finnair
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Iberia
  • Icelandair
  • Japan Airlines
  • KLM Cityhopper
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Kuwait Airways
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Olympic Air
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Qantas Airways
  • Regional Express
  • Royal Brunei Airlines
  • Saudi Airlines
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Shanghai Airlines
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • SilkAir
  • South African Airways
  • Swiss International Airlines
  • TAM Linhas Aereas
  • TAM Mercosur
  • TAP Air Portugal
  • Thai Airways
  • Transaero Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Tyrolean Airways
  • US Airways
  • United Airlines
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Virgin America
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways
  • Virgin Australia
  • Wideroe’s Flyveselskap
  • AmBank
  • American Express
  • ANZ
  • Bank Danamon
  • Bank Mandiri
  • Bank SA
  • BCA
  • BII
  • BNI
  • Cathay United Bank
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • CIMB Niaga
  • Citibank
  • CTBC Bank
  • DBS
  • Diners Club International
  • HSBC
  • ICICI Bank
  • Maybank
  • Metrobank
  • Mitsui Sumitomo
  • The National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia
  • OCBC
  • Panin Bank
  • Permata Bank
  • RHB Bank Berhard
  • Samsung
  • Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • George
  • UOB
  • Westpac
  • DBS Treasures