UPDATE | Singapore Airlines is boosting its Airbus A380 flights to Sydney and reintroducing the superjumbo to Melbourne, but only for a few short weeks in 2015.
Sydney's daily SQ231/222 flights from June 18 through to July 12 2015 ditch the Boeing 777-300ER in favour of the A380 over the Australian school holiday period, although the Boeing bird returns from July 13.
Melbourne residents, which are losing SQ's A380 from October 26, will again be able to fly on the world's largest passenger plane out of their home port next year – but only in September and October.
The A380 reappears on services to the Victorian capital from September 10 2015 until September 16 on SQ217/218, and again from September 24 until October 11 2015.
A Singapore Airlines spokesperson told Australian Business Traveller that the schedule shake-up was the result of "seasonal demand patterns during the busy Northern Summer travel period", and confirmed that Melbourne would retain the Boeing 777-300ER on flights outside of these dates.
PREVIOUS - April 22 2014 | Singapore Airlines is cutting back its Airbus A380 flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Singapore, including axing the airline's sole superjumbo out of Melbourne.
A spokesperson for Singapore Airlines confirmed the changes to Australian Business Traveller this morning, describing the moves as being due to "operational requirements across our network."
As to when the A380s would be rostered back onto those flights, the spokesperson said "Singapore Airlines constantly review the route network to match capacity to demand so this will be determined as we move forward."
From May 30th the daily Sydney-Singapore flights SQ231/222 will shift from an A380 to a Boeing 777-300ER, reducing Sydney to a single A380 service each day (the superjumbo remains on the SQ221/232 services).
Melbourne's sole Singapore Airlines A380 flight will be dropped from October 26, with the daily SQ227/228 run also being handed over to a Boeing 777-300ER.
While the new Boeing 777 business class seats are a significant improvement on their first-generation A380 counterparts, the first class cabin sports open 'mini-suites' (shown above) rather than the private first class suites of the superjumbo – a swap which may not please passengers who value the privacy and indulgence of the A380 suites.
The airline says it will be contacting "affected customers" who have already booked on the A380 flights.
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