Singapore Airlines’ New A380s To Fly To London & Hong Kong

Last November, Singapore Airlines revealed the details of their new A380 Suites & business class products. The airline is taking delivery of five new Airbus A380 aircraft (while retiring the first five they took delivery of about a decade ago), and these are the cabins that will be available on them. Between 2018 and 2020 the airline also plans to reconfigure the cabins of their existing 14 A380s, so eventually their entire A380 fleet will feature these new seats.

The first route to get the brand new A380 was SQ221 and SQ232, between Singapore and Sydney, as of December 18, 2017. We actually learned which routes would feature the new cabins before Singapore officially revealed what the cabins would look like.

Singapore Airlines has just revealed the second and third destinations for their new A380, as the airline takes delivery of their second and third A380s. London and Hong Kong will be the next destinations for Singapore Airlines’ new A380s. Specifically:

  • Starting February 16, 2018, Singapore Airlines will fly their new A380 to London 3x weekly:
    • SQ322 to London on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and SQ305 to Singapore on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, will feature the new A380
    • As of April 7, 2018, the return flight from London to Singapore will be operated as SQ317 rather than SQ305
  • Starting February 18, 2018, Singapore Airlines will fly their new A380 to Hong Kong 4x weekly:
    • SQ860 to Hong Kong on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and SQ863 to Singapore on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, will feature the new A380
    • As of April 8, 2018, Singapore Airlines will instead fly their new A380s between Singapore and Hong Kong on SQ856/861, on the same days of the week

There are no surprises here, as we knew all along that these were the next two cities that Singapore Airlines was targeting for their A380. Actually, as far back as last October we could guess that the London frequency would get the new A380 based on some hints, so there’s no surprise there at all.

In terms of redeeming miles on these flights, Singapore KrisFlyer’s one-way redemption rates for these markets are as follows:

  • Singapore to Hong Kong:
    • Business Class: 27,500 miles (Saver), 50,000 miles (Standard)
    • Suites: 37,500 miles (Saver), 70,000 miles (Standard)
  • Singapore to Sydney:
    • Business Class: 58,000 miles (Saver), 90,000 miles (Standard)
    • Suites: 80,000 miles (Saver), 150,000 miles (Standard)
  • Singapore to London:
    • Business Class: 85,000 miles (Saver), 120,000 miles (Standard)
    • Suites: 115,000 miles (Saver), 210,000 miles (Standard)

As far as the general award redemption trends go:

  • There’s no Suites availability at the Saver level, though there is quite a bit of Standard availability, so if you want to redeem miles, expect to pay the Standard rate
  • There’s some Business availability at the Saver level, though not all that much

So if you do want to redeem miles for Singapore’s new Suites, perhaps the best value is to book all the way through from Sydney to London. A one-way redemption at the Standard rate would cost 260,000 KrisFlyer miles, while if you booked those segments individually you’d pay 360,000 KrisFlyer miles (150,000 miles plus 210,000 miles).

It goes without saying that’s a lot of miles, but that would at least give you the chance to try Suites on two longer flights, and on an incremental basis it’s a good value. If you were otherwise booking Singapore to London, you’re only paying an extra 50,000 miles for the Sydney to Singapore flight, and if you were otherwise booking Sydney to Singapore, you’re only paying an extra 110,000 miles for the Singapore to London flight.

Singapore KrisFlyer is transfer partners with all four major transferable points currencies, including Amex Membership RewardsChase Ultimate RewardsCiti ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest, so the points are easy to come by.

I’m flying Singapore’s new A380 Suites & business class in a couple of weeks between Singapore and Sydney and can’t wait!

Anyone have plans to fly Singapore’s new A380 to London or Hong Kong?

Comments

  1. Yes! A friend of mine from Singapore flew the new F and he said it’s the best he’s flown so far (He’s flown just about every notable airline for their F product). I’m going in February from SIN to SYD for a friend’s wedding. Can’t wait!

  2. Awesome! I booked SQ863 last year expecting the old suite. Now the seatmap has been updated to the new layout. Can’t wait to fly it!

  3. So we were booked on SQ305 Suites saver seats, this morning I got a change notification that it went to 777. I hadn’t even read this yet and requested we get put on the next Suites class flight – no questions asked even though all flights are Standard only, and we are now flying new Suites. Pumped!

    Was going to tip you off if it wasn’t actually formalized yet, but clearly it had been earlier today.

  4. Thanks for this post! My husband and I were already confirmed on a reward J on SQ856, SIN->HKG on an A350 in mid-April 2018. I checked reward availability and was able to convert this booking to the new Suites on the same flight which is now a new A380-800. The crazy thing is I got it as a Saver!

    We can’t wait to try the new Suite product!

  5. Whilst I get that SIA wants to get their new A380s into as many different markets as possible, I think it’s just a bit odd that they didn’t try to organize a consistently daily schedule to either HKG or LHR. Obviously with only a couple of new aircraft daily utilization doesn’t quite work. It just seems funny to chose LHR and HKG instead of just one or the other. Just my two cents…

  6. Any idea when LAX-SIN will relaunch, and if it will feature this new First Class? 20 hours on that doesnt seem all bad

  7. @schar, I think the LAX-SIN route will be using A350-900ULR, which doesn’t have a 1st class.

  8. Hey Lucky,
    Cool website mate.
    Trying to book with velocity points is impossible after many attempts.
    Any chance of a confirmation of flight numbers that would be using the new suites from london to sydney around the 20th april?
    Checking singapore air and its all showing the old config for SQ305 and SQ317
    Maybe i will transfer to krisflyer and waitlist it. Do suites ever come up?

    Cheers

  9. Lucky,

    A little confused at the moment. I’m planning a Japan (and possibly another SE Asia Country) trip with my wife next year and was hoping to fly the A380 to enjoy the double suite. Based on current routings, what are my options flying from/to the East Coast in SQ suite? All I’m seeing is JFK-FRA-SIN, but I’ve read other places that JFK-NRT-SIN is also an option. Is this obsolete? Would appreciate an Apr 2018 routing update since most blogs are super outdated. Thanks :).

  10. I am flying from SIN – LHR on the SQ322 on the 20th Feb 2019.This will be my very first time with both Singapore and the A380 ( I am a Boeing fan myself ) I have pre-selected seat, but I am trying to find out what seat config will be for that flight.Any help would be appreciative.Thanks

  11. @Lucky, the SIN-LHR on the A380 is SQ308 rather than SQ322. Is the SQ308 still the new Suites? I don’t see any SQ322 on any days, not just Wed, Fri, Sun.

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