Singapore Airlines will fly the Airbus A380 on the Singapore-London route, from 18 March 2008. The flight is the first-ever commercial service to Europe using the superjumbo.
The first A380 flight to London, SQ 308, will leave Singapore’s Changi Airport on Tuesday, 18 March 2008, at 0900 hrs and arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport at 1505hrs (all times local).
Singapore Airlines General Manager UK and Ireland, Marvin Tan said: “The arrival of the first commercial A380 flight to London will be a proud moment not only for Singapore Airlines but also for British aviation, with the magnificant wings of the aircraft made in Broughton and Filton and the Singapore Airlines A380 powered by Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines.”
The aircraft will return to Singapore on the same day, operating as SQ 319, departing Heathrow at 1855hrs, arriving back into Singapore at 1535hrs on Wednesday,19 March 2008.
Thereafter, the Singapore Airlines A380 will commence regular scheduled services, operating SQ322 daily on the Singapore-London sector from the evening of Tuesday 18 March, and on SQ 317 for the return leg from 19 March. A schedule of the flight times can be found in Annex 1.
Singapore Airlines is the first airline to fly the A380. London is the Airline’s second A380 destination after the launch to Sydney in October 2007.
“With the addition of London as the second A380 destination, more of our customers can now enjoy the award-winning cabin products, enhanced inflight entertainment and renowned Singapore Airlines service,” said Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President Marketing and Regions, Mr Huang Cheng Eng.
“The A380 will provide a capacity expansion on the popular Singapore-London route. For the first time, an aircraft larger than the B747-400 will fly this route, thereby meaning more seats without the need for more frequencies to what is already one of the world’s busiest airports,” Mr Huang said.
Seats on A380 services, including the inaugural flights, are open for sale. Those who wish to be part of this landmark experience may purchase tickets via the Singapore Airlines website, singaporeair.com, or through their travel agents.
Customers who hold ticketed bookings on flights to be operated by the A380 will be automatically accommodated on the new aircraft without any change required to their tickets. Customers holding bookings, but not yet ticketed, may need to check if there have been changes to their fares as a result of the aircraft change.
On board the inaugural London flights (SQ308/319) on 18 March, customers will receive personalised certificates recognising their participation in the milestone event, as well as limited edition Singapore Airlines A380 souvenirs and exclusive premium giveaways.
The Singapore Airlines A380: Redefining Air Travel
The Singapore Airlines A380 heralds a new era in air travel, with its cabin offerings providing unprecedented comfort, space and luxury.
The aircraft is the quietest large passenger aircraft ever built, and delivers substantial fuel burn reductions per seat mile over the next largest aircraft. This means it becomes a cleaner, greener alternative for long-haul travel, while allowing for the addition of extra capacity to congested airports, like London.
The Singapore Airlines A380 seats 471 passengers in three classes - 12 in the ultra-luxurious Singapore Airlines Suites, 60 in the award-winning Business Class, configured in a spacious 1-2-1 layout on the upper deck, and 399 in Economy Class.
Singapore Airlines currently has two A380s in service, a further 17 on firm order and options on six more.