SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will resume operations of the super-jumbo Airbus A380 on a non-stop round-trip service between Singapore and London next month.
The aircraft will return to service as SQ322 from Singapore to London from November 18, and SQ317 on the return trip from November 19, the SIA announced Thursday (October 14).
SQ317 is the designated flight for Singapore’s non-quarantined vaccinated travel route with the UK, which will launch on October 19.
With the inclusion of the UK in the vaccinated travel lanes provisions, the SIA said it saw “strong passenger demand” for services to and from London around the year-end holiday season .
“The A380 has always been a popular choice for our customers, and we look forward to welcoming our customers back on board the aircraft,” said an airline spokesperson.
Before resuming passenger service, the SIA announced that it would deploy the A380 on an ad hoc basis on short-haul services for operational needs.
SIA will remain “agile and flexible” in deploying capacity in markets based on demand, the spokesperson added.
About 40% of passes for the vaccinated travel route – 976 in total – were issued to travelers from the UK as of Wednesday, according to the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority.
The Singapore-London return service will operate daily when the vaccinated travel lane opens, initially with the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.