Sydney and Melbourne will enjoy a capacity boost from Singapore Airlines from May next year after the carrier confirmed it will bring more A380 superjumbo aircraft back to Australia.
For the first time in four years, the SQ A380 will fly from Melbourne, operating SQ228, one of Singapore Airlines’ four daily flights from the Victorian capital between 16 May and 28 October 2023.
The larger aircraft will replace the existing Boeing 777-300 currently flying the service and takes SQ to 110% of its pre-pandemic capacity in Melbourne.
Further north in Sydney, SQ will double its A380 presence from 17 May with a second A380 deployed to the NSW market. The mega-jet will fly the 11am and 3pm departures daily, replacing the Airbus A350-900.
Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Louis Arul, said the extra capacity to Australia was welcomed during a period of strong uptake from travellers.
“Travel demand remains strong for 2023, particularly during the Northern Summer period,” Arul said.
“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.
“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,” Arul added.
The return of more A380s to Sydney and Melbourne forms part of a wider capacity adjustment across the Singapore Airlines network, with services being increased to Osaka, Seoul and Taipei and the reinstatement of flights to the Korean city of Busan.
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