Woot: Singapore Airlines Bringing Back Airbus A380!

Woot: Singapore Airlines Bringing Back Airbus A380!

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This is a really good month for the Airbus A380, the most comfortable jet in the sky. In recent weeks we’ve learned that both British Airways and Qatar Airways will put their A380s back into service, and now a third airline is doing the same.

Singapore Airlines A380 will fly to London as of November 2021

Singapore Airlines first grounded the Airbus A380 in March 2020, around the time that global travel came to a screeching halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. After being grounded for around 20 months, the plane will finally return to service.

As of November 18, 2021, Singapore Airlines will begin flying the Airbus A380 daily between Singapore and London. Specifically, the Airbus A380 will operate the following frequency:

SQ322 Singapore to London departing 11:45PM arriving 5:55AM (+1 day)
SQ317 London to Singapore departing 10:55AM arriving 7:50AM (+1 day)

While the A380 shows as being in the schedule on some other routes in the future as well, for now this is the only flight that the airline has officially confirmed will receive the A380.

Singapore Airlines’ A380s feature a total of 471 seats, including six Suites, 78 business class seats, 44 premium economy seats, and 343 economy seats. For context, pre-pandemic Singapore Airlines had a total of 19 Airbus A380s. The airline announced in late 2020 that it would retire seven A380s, meaning the carrier will have a dozen A380s in the long run.

Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A380 Suites

The A380 will operate the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flight

Singapore Airlines restoring service with the A380 coincides with Singapore reopening to vaccinated travelers as part of the “Vaccinated Travel Lane” (VTL) concept. With this, vaccinated people in select countries can travel to & from Singapore without the need to quarantine.

Rather travelers just need to get tested, and on top of that need to take a dedicated VTL flight (which is exclusively for people traveling as part of this arrangement). Personally I’m kind of surprised that there’s sufficient demand to fill an A380 as part of this arrangement:

  • I suspect Singaporeans are anxious to travel after not being able to do so all this time, but is London in winter really the place they want to go?
  • I guess Brits may want to escape the cold and go somewhere warm like Singapore, but personally I also couldn’t imagine exclusively traveling to Singapore from the other side of the globe, without adding on another destination

I’m sure it’ll work out and that booking numbers justify the A380 on this route, I just wouldn’t have necessarily expected this, and am a bit caught off guard by it.

Singapore Airlines’ A380s are returning to the skies

Bottom line

Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A380s will be making a comeback as of November 2021. The whale jet will be flying daily between Singapore and London. There are no further updates about when all 12 A380s will be flying again, and what other destinations we could see for the plane in the near future. Singapore Airlines sure is ramping up operations again, which is fantastic to see.

As an aviation enthusiast I sure am thrilled to see three airlines bringing back the A380 before the end of the year.

What do you make of the return of Singapore Airlines’ A380?

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  1. Karen inight

    Singapore A380s are already running out of heathrow and Frankfurt ,have been since early may so that information is really out of date

  2. Paul

    I am sure many many tourists will be interested to fly to Thailand with SIA which is opening up in November

  3. Donna

    Every time I see the photo of the suites on this aircraft, I’m thinking they look like outhouses on a plane. I’m sure they’re nice on the inside but …

  4. Apso Eyot

    Can’t wait to fly Singapore Airlines for the first time someday, which will probably be in premium economy on their A350-900ULR. Whether you talk about their onboard product, their route network, their fleet rationalization, their livery, or how they’re run in general, they just seem to get everything right. Goh Choon Phong seems like such a bright CEO. And it’s great how they have been doing these renovations to keep their A380 product current, unlike...

    Can’t wait to fly Singapore Airlines for the first time someday, which will probably be in premium economy on their A350-900ULR. Whether you talk about their onboard product, their route network, their fleet rationalization, their livery, or how they’re run in general, they just seem to get everything right. Goh Choon Phong seems like such a bright CEO. And it’s great how they have been doing these renovations to keep their A380 product current, unlike some European airlines that opted to retire all of them instead. Looking forward to seeing their A380 return to the States.

  5. JOHN B

    I wonder with Australia where I am starting to reopen if they are expecting some fully vaccinated connecting traffic from Australia which if allowed would certainly help fill an A380. Singapore Airlines have always been a popular choice with Australians on the UK route.

  6. Nacho

    These flights will be full of Australians who have been stranded in London and Europe. Australia (Sydney and state of NSW at this stage) has announced reopening from November 1st - no more hotel quarantine.

  7. mick

    I know next to nothing but did comment last month that it seemed strange that all these a380s are parked until 2025 etc.... When travel could easily pick up pretty quickly once governments press go...

  8. mike

    Most will probably do Singapore as the first stop and then continue onto Thailand or Bali and then fly back to Europe via Singapore without stopping over on the way back

    1. Sam G

      Yes that is now an option (though having to quarantine awaiting your arrival PCR result in Singapore is a bit of a killer for a short stopover) Bali doesn't seem to be an option yet (5 day quarantine and UK not on the list I saw today) and anyway it's pretty wet there around December/Jan time but Thailand by the end of the year sounds like it'll be pretty operational. SQ have the A350 on some Phuket flights so they must be expecting good demand

  9. Chris

    Lucky, how do you know Singapore will be flying the "new" A380 first class, as opposed to the "old" with the double bed in the middle?

    1. Melv

      Aside from the A380 sporting the newest configurations (ver3), SQ has retrofitted a couple of their ver2 A380s. There are no ver1 or ver2 A380s flying for SQ.

    2. Melv

      Aside from the A380 sporting the newest configurations (ver3), SQ has retrofitted a couple of their ver2 A380s. There are no ver1 or ver2 A380s flying for SQ.

  10. Jeremy

    Singaporeans are so hard up for travel Singapore Airlines website crashed the day they announced VTLs

  11. Mark

    And why not London in the winter! It’s not like it’s known for its beaches

  12. Steve

    We have a trip planned from the US to the Maldives in January via a SIN stopover. I'm happy to hear that they're opening up a bit but our flight to SIN is booked via JAL (not approved for VTL) and we're not allowed to fly back to SIN from MLE. Looks like the whole trip will have to be cancelled...or we buy tickets that avoid the transit in SIN. We've booked a week at the Marina Sands before going to Male...so disappointed!

    1. Sam G

      You could do it but only if you fly into Singapore on a VTL flight out of the US for your stopover (assuming you are vaccinated etc) and fly back from Male straight through in transit at Changi

      I'd keep a very close eye anyway - currently you need pool slots for MBS & there isn't any entertainment, alcohol after 10.30pm etc. so Maldives & say Dubai or somewhere else might be a better plan

  13. James

    Great news indeed, let’s hope the A380 is here for a while yet

  14. Douglas Frost DeNunzio

    The way that one is going well happens a few times from London to Singapore on an A390 to A380!

  15. Justin

    I just booked my Singaporean partner on the VTL flight from LHR-SIN the day before they switch to the 777. The demand for the VTL flight is sky high as evidenced by much higher price premiums and lack of premium award availability vs. non-VTL flights. Many Singaporeans abroad haven't visited family back home for almost 2 years as the country had imposed protracted quarantine restrictions for all arrivals until the new VTL policy.

    1. Justin

      Correction. *the day before they switch to the A380

  16. Robert

    The interesting point is that currently VTL allows a max of 3000 people per day across all destinations. Perhaps this will be revised.

    There is a massive demand for travel after being kept in a little tiny heavily restricted space since last year. Aside from brits travelling home there are a lot of students travelling and Singaporeans wanting to go shopping in the UK.

  17. Chris

    I think this might have more to do with Australia coming back online, with international borders starting to open back up from November/December. There is a lot of pent up demand after 20 months of being closed to the world

    1. Paul

      .....or Thailand opening up in November

  18. Sam G

    two words: expats + Christmas - 1000s of Brits live in Singapore and haven't seen their family for 2 years or more - huge demand alone from this group over a very concentrated period, these flights have been sold out already especially in premium cabins. I have five friends coming to stay who'll be travelling back on this flight in early Jan.

    Then add in plenty of demand from Singaporeans to go just about...

    two words: expats + Christmas - 1000s of Brits live in Singapore and haven't seen their family for 2 years or more - huge demand alone from this group over a very concentrated period, these flights have been sold out already especially in premium cabins. I have five friends coming to stay who'll be travelling back on this flight in early Jan.

    Then add in plenty of demand from Singaporeans to go just about anywhere after so long being grounded, especially as life in Singapore remains quite restricted still (no nightlife etc). Lastly they will also handle a lot of transit traffic to Eastern Aus (and even NZ based on press reports today) and they can travel on this flight to transit Changi if they meet the VTL requirements as well.

  19. Reyyan

    I do not really understand why people wouldn't want to exclusively see Singapore? As being based in Europe, I usually fly to a single destination and only visit that one such as Hong Kong, Los Angeles or Capetown. Not much difference to only see and visit Singapore.

    1. shoeguy

      Singapore is a major business destination, always has been, and is reopening to vaccinated travelers so this makes sense and it will see an ever increasing influx of business travel, a lot of which will likely be at the expense of Hong Kong.

    2. Nick

      You may be in the minority (not to say you're doing it wrong). From what I've seen Brits are reluctant to fly more than 4 hrs ( or 7 to DXB in winter) so a 13 HR journey to a city state without additional beaches to tag on might be a step too far. If not for other plans I'd be considering it.

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Karen inight

Singapore A380s are already running out of heathrow and Frankfurt ,have been since early may so that information is really out of date

Paul

I am sure many many tourists will be interested to fly to Thailand with SIA which is opening up in November

Paul

.....or Thailand opening up in November

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