Singapore Airlines Downsizes London Route, To Send A380s To India

Singapore Airlines has announced plans to reshuffle its A380 deployment, opting to downsize its London route and send the double-deck jet to India, becoming the first commercial operator of the type in the subcontinent.


25 Weekly Flights, B777-300ERs to Replace Selected A380 Services
For several weeks in May and June 2014, the Star Alliance member will reduce frequencies on its Singapore – London (Heathrow) route from 28 flights to 25 flights each week. The carrier’s usual third daily Airbus A380-operated flight, SQ 305/306, will also be replaced by the smaller Boeing 777-300ER on weekdays.


The move will see nearly 1,000 seats a week removed between the 2 cities, as Singapore Airlines anticipates demand to slow during the period in question.


A380s To India from late May 2014
Taking advantage of the recent lifting of the Indian government ban against the A380, Singapore Airlines will deploy the jet on selected flights between Singapore and the Indian cities of Mumbai and New Delhi from late May.


Beginning 30 May 2014, flight SQ 424 will be served by the A380 daily, departing Singapore at 1915 hrs and landing in Mumbai at 2155 hrs. The aircraft turns around to operate flight SQ 423, taking off from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 0025 hrs for a 0820 hrs landing back at Changi International Airport.


On the Delhi route, flight SQ 406 will see the double-deck jet being utilized, taking off from Singapore at 1725 hrs and landing in the Indian capital at 2005 hrs. The return flight, SQ 403, departs at 2205 hrs from Indira Gandhi International Airport for a pre-dawn arrival back in Singapore at 0610 hrs the next morning.


Complementing the A380 services to both Indian cities will be a second flight flown with the smaller Boeing 777-200. While overall seat count and flight frequency will be reduced slightly, Singapore Airlines will undoubtedly be looking to premium yields to offset the loss in capacity, with each A380 offering 471 seats (12 Suites, 60 Business and 399 Economy Class).


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