Singapore Airlines is set to deploy its flagship Airbus A380 on the Sydney route from 1 December, ramping up capacity ahead of the Christmas holiday period.
SIA was the first to fly the A380 in 2007, choosing Sydney as the inaugural destination for the world’s largest passenger aircraft. In 2017, SIA once again selected Sydney as the maiden destination to launch the airline’s new cabin products on a brand new A380 delivered just days prior.
Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President, Louis Arul, said the return of the A380 to Sydney underlines SQ’s unwavering commitment to the Australian market.
“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the highly challenging and financially constrained operating environment, SIA invested heavily to ensure Australia remained connected to the world,” Arul said.
“We have operated almost 4,000 passenger flights helping to bring close to 67,000 people to Australia, the vast majority being Australians wanting to return home, as well as 3,000 cargo-only flights to keep key trade channels open, allowing essential medical supplies, PPE and COVID-19 vaccines to be delivered.
“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.”
SIA’s A380 will operate daily from Singapore to Sydney as flight SQ231 and SQ232
Fitted with 471 seats, SIA’s A380s include six Suites, 78 Business Class, 44 Premium Economy Class and 343 Economy Class seats.
The A380’s schedule for SQ231 and SQ222 will be loaded into the system today will be available for sale shortly after.
Last week, Singapore Airlines announced it would resume Airbus A380 operations on select services between Singapore and London. Starting 18 November 2021, and with the inclusion of the United Kingdom in the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) arrangements, along with strong passenger demand for services to and from London, these services will offer travellers options in the lead up to the year-end holiday season.
The resumed services will include SQ322 from Singapore to London and SQ317, the return London to Singapore leg. SQ317 is also the designated quarantine-free flight from London under Singapore’s VTL arrangements.