Singapore Airlines has announced its third Airbus A380 route today. The airline will deploy the superjumbo on flights to Sydney, bringing back the jet on the route after 20 months. The announcement means Singapore Airlines will now operate two daily flights to Sydney and one more over the week.
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Singapore Airlines is planning an early holiday surprise for Australia: the Airbus A380. Expecting heavy demand for Christmas, the airline plans to deploy the A380 on daily flights to Sydney from December 1st onwards, restoring the service axed by the pandemic in March 2020.
Australia plans to reopen its borders on November 1st, with New South Wales becoming the first state to allow fully vaccinated travelers to enter. While this will initially only apply to citizens, permanent residents, and their families, it’s likely that the border could open to visitors from some countries before Christmas as well.
The A380’s return also comes after Australia announced a travel bubble with Singapore. The deal will allow Singaporean visa-holders and tourists to enter the country soon, according to the BBC, increasing traffic on flights.
Once the shining star of Singapore Airlines’ network, traffic to Australia has been sparse since the pandemic hit. However, after 20 months of the strictest entry restrictions, the country is returning to normality and allowing its own residents to come home. This is great news for airlines, which are jumping to get a piece of the action.
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From December 1st onward, Singapore Airlines will restore three link’s to Australia’s biggest city. They are scheduled as:
- SQ211 (SIN-SYD) & SQ212 (SYD-SIN): Daily flights using the Boeing 777-300ER
- SQ231 & SQ222: Daily flights using the Airbus A380
- SQ241 & SQ242: Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays using the Boeing 787-10
In a statement about the resumptions and A380 return, Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President, Mr. Louis Arul, said,
“Today’s announcement is another exciting step on the road to recovery. As we continue to support all levels of government in planning for Australia’s reopening in a safe, sustainable and scalable way, we will remain nimble in deploying capacity to markets as demand warrants…
“With the NSW and Australian border opening up from 1 November, the A380 will support even more Australians hoping to reconnect with loved ones ahead of the Christmas period.”
While the A380’s might have been on the ground for a while, passengers might be in for a surprise when they get back on. Indeed, the aircraft have undergone a cabin refurbishment, adding new seats such as the first class ‘Suites’ cabin. The new cabins will make the travel experience more luxurious as thousands of travelers take to the skies for the first time in nearly two years.
For now, things are looking up for Singapore Airlines. With vaccinated travel lanes to nearly a dozen countries, the A380 is back, and so are passengers.
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