Move over Emirates, Singapore Airlines will soon take the crown for operating the world’s shortest A380 service. Once an Emirates service between Dubai and Muscat, the shortest A380 service is soon to be Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. Let’s take a look at what Singapore Airlines has planned for the first week of November.
Starting November 4th
According to Executive Traveller, November 4th will see Singapore Airlines begin a daily Airbus A380 flight between Singapore Changi (SIN) and Kuala Lumpur International (KUL). Yes, that’s right- this will be a daily service on a flight that takes less than an hour.
The first service, assigned flight number SQ106 on November 4th, will depart Singapore at 08.30. The flight is then scheduled to touch down in Kuala Lumpur at 09:30. The inbound service is SQ105, leaving KUL at 11:00, arriving at SIN at 12:10.
From November 5th through December 3rd however, the airline will operate its A380 service in the evening as SQ126, departing at 18:25. Returning to Singapore from Malaysia is flight SQ125, departing at 21:00 and arriving at 22:00.
Apart from the A380, Singapore Airlines deploys the Boeing 737-800 on this route, with its budget subsidiary Scoot using an Airbus A320. Singapore Airlines also deploys the A350-900 on this short service from time to time.
Pent up travel demand?
Last week, Malaysia announced that it would be ending its domestic and international travel restrictions for fully vaccinated residents, having recently achieved a 90% vaccination rate among adults in the country. Meanwhile, Singapore has been easing its own border restrictions, starting with several countries around the world. While there has yet to be a travel corridor established between Singapore and Malaysia, the two have expressed a desire to reopen.
You would think that this A380 service is because of pent-up travel demand as restrictions slowly ease. However, this is apparently not the case (although it might help fill the jets a little bit more).
In a statement to Executive Traveller, the airline reports that its A380 service to Kuala Lumpur is part of an operational ‘shake-down’ for its fleet of A380 jets- as many of them have been stored for a significant period of time. Simple Flying has inquired further with the airline on this topic but has yet to receive a response at the time of this article’s publication.
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The previous shortest A380 flight
Unfortunately, this service was suspended when the global health crisis emerged. While Emirates has been putting its A380s back on a number of its routes, this has yet to be the case for its Muscat service, which currently utilizes a Boeing 777.
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