November 23, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier
Singapore Airlines has announced it will put another two A380s in service for Australian routes between Singapore and Melbourne and Sydney, increasing its passenger capacity and offering more luxury travel options.
From the second half of May 2023, Singapore Airlines will offer A380 daily services between Melbourne and Singapore for the first time in nearly four years. The super jumbo will operate on this route through the Northern Hemisphere summer, with the airline projecting an end date of October 28, 2023. Use of the A380, which has 471 seats, on the Melbourne route will put Singapore Airlines’ capacity to and from Australia’s second largest city at 110 per cent of pre-COVID capacity.
The airline is also adding a second A380 aircraft to its Singapore-Sydney route from May 17, 2023, bringing capacity up to 98 per cent of pre-COVID levels between the NSW capital and Singapore.
“Returning double-daily A380 operations to Sydney reinforces our longstanding commitment to the NSW market. It will also enhance the product offering for our customers, delivering more seats across our premium cabins, as well as increased capacity in economy class,” said Singapore Airlines’ regional vice president for the southwest Pacific, Louis Arul.
“These additional A380 flights to Melbourne and Sydney will help to deliver even more opportunities for Australians to travel for business or pleasure in 2023.
“Travel demand remains strong for 2023, particularly during the Northern Summer period. The relaxation of border controls in Southeast Asia and parts of East Asia has resulted in an uptick in travel which we expect will continue into the Northern Summer peak.”
Showing the immensity of the recovery efforts from the pandemic travel shutdown, Singapore Airlines is expecting the timeline for restoring its pre-pandemic network to stretch to March 2024.