Sq can get feed from any number of surrounding nations, but I would say Indonesia with its very wealthy local Chinese population and Malaysia too would be high up there. Also this would give easy 1 stop option from Bay Area to bali. There really isn’t a better airport in the world than Singapore to hang out for a few hours.
I can’t imagine Singaporeans flying ua unless it’s drastically cheaper. But I could see American flying sq since it’s on the same alliance as ua. Premium economy on sq to Singapore will bring in a lot of qualifying miles.
Alll of this is true. But UA is going 2x daily on the route. This whole back and forth is around the concept of SQ easily walking over UA on this route... that is just not matching with reality. If UA had cut from daily to less than daily, maybe. But they double capacity.
and it remains to be seen whether or not 2x daiy will be profitable for UA. Sure they can fill the seats but at what cost? 2-2-2 in business is at a huge disadvantage to what SQ has to offer. I mean, its a joke when you compare the differences in comfort in BE for that long a flight. If UA was smart, they would have 86'd the 767 mods and dumped that capex into refurbishing the 789's and putting a rush on it. I think SQ is gonna make UA eat their lunch.
That's patently ridiculous. It's pretty obvious that many folks on here haven't flown SQ or UA recently.
Fact, SQ is over-rated. Their seat (especially on the A350) is terrible. Weird angle for sleeping, and it's either up, or it's down. And the FA has to set it for you. There's no in between to speak of and on a journey like that, the UA seat wins given you can angle it in different ways to suit your needs. The whole aisle access is a bit over-rated, but I agree that SQ wins there.
SQ's food is adequate. Just like UAs.
FA service on SQ is more consistent than UA. But for the most part, isn't a huge deal breaker for most people.
While perceptions and opinions of course matter to some, their's really no glaring chasm between the SQ offering and UA. Both have pluses and minuses. For me the UA seat wins the battle every time.
UA has been competing for 30 years against SQ.