Dubai and Singapore – Hubs to the world?
There are some unique cities around the world when it comes to flying. While they may be excellent destinations themselves, for long haul travelers, they are best known as being key transition hubs. Two cities that have earned this reputation are Dubai and Singapore. They are both in this position due to their unique geographical location but more importantly because they are hubs for two very large, world-class airlines that have a worldwide reach. Dubai and Singapore are not the only cities in their neighborhood. Both have other cities that are not too far away that are as large or larger (Mumbai and Doha for Dubai and Bangkok and Kuala Lampur for Singapore), but it is their airlines that have made them winners.
I reviewed Emirates Airlines of Dubai in this earlier set of posts. Let me talk a little but here about Singapore Airlines. Truth be told, I can only talk about them in a limited fashion as I have never flown them. But their reputation is excellent. You can search for Singapore flights from pretty much any major city in the world and you will find flights serviced by Singapore Airlines (my local airport – Washington Dulles IAD is an exception).
Singapore Airlines also have two very unique flights that have always been on my list to fly on one day:
Newark – Singapore (EWR – SIN): This is the longest flight in the world. At 9,535 miles, I want to earn those miles in one hop. More uniquely, the flight is operated using an A340-500 aircraft, in an all-business class configuration! Singapore airlines also operates its Los Angeles – Singapore (LAX – SIN) flight using a similarly configured aircraft, but at 8,770 miles, the flight is much shorter.
Singapore – Moscow – Houston (SIN – DME – IAH): Just the interesting route makes me want to take this flight – also long at 11,154 miles. What was the thinking behind this route – big oil? Big money? The Russian Mafia? I wonder…
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