National carrier Singapore Airlines is making significant adjustments to its global route network as part of a review of travel demand and capacity needs. The extensive adjustments will result in increased frequencies at several destinations, notable aircraft changes at others, and much-anticipated service resumptions. Let’s take a look at what these changes are.
America and Europe
A plane change
It’s official, Singapore Airlines is withdrawing the Airbus A380 from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, as from May 15 next year the daily Singapore-Frankfurt-New York airline service will be operated with the Boeing 777-300ER instead. This means that passengers flying SQ 26 and SQ 25 from this date will miss out on the superjumbo experience, which is quite a shame.
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Nonetheless, Singapore Airlines will offer their legendary First Class cabins onboard their Boeing 777-300ER, complete with the full list of their premium products and amenities. Passengers will continue to expect two daily non-stop services to New York with SQ 24 and SQ23. There are also flights SQ 22 and SQ 21 between Singapore and Newark Liberty International Airport. These services are operated with Airbus A350-900.
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A change in frequencies
While this governs the aircraft changes, there are also frequency adjustments. From March 26 next year, non-stop SQ 36 and SQ 35 flights between Singapore and Los Angeles International Airport will be reduced to three times a week instead of daily. Passengers will continue to have the option of using two existing daily flights to Los Angeles via non-stop services SQ 38 and SQ 37, or flights SQ 12 and SQ 11 with a stopover at Narita International Airport in Tokyo.
From March 28, flights SQ 52 and SQ 51 for the Singapore-Manchester-Houston route will be reduced from four times a week to three times a week. And from June 27, non-stop Singapore-Seattle flights operated on SQ 28 and SQ 27 will be reduced to a tri-weekly service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The service will continue to use the Airbus A350-900.
A new service
The latest adjustment to Singapore Airlines’ Americas and Europe network would be the launch of a new service. SQ 302 and SQ 301, operated by the airline’s long-haul Airbus A350-900 aircraft, will fly twice weekly between Singapore and Manchester from April 2 next year.
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SQ 302 departs Singapore at 02:25 on Mondays and Sundays and arrives in Manchester at 09:10. SQ 301 then departs from Manchester some time later at 11:40am before returning to Singapore at 07:40am the next day. Even with the network adjustments, Singapore Airlines will operate in these markets with a higher seat capacity than before the pandemic, reflecting its continued strong commitment to these markets.
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But when the flag carrier withdraws the Airbus A380 from New York, where are the superjumbos going? A disappointment for New York passengers is set to cause quite a stir for Melbourne passengers as Singapore Airlines is set to bring its daily Airbus A380 service back to the Australian city from May 16 after a nearly four-year absence.
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The Airbus A380s will replace the current Boeing 777-300ER operating as the SQ 237 from Singapore to Melbourne and as the SQ 228 as a return service. But that’s not all, as Singapore Airlines will add a second daily Airbus A380 service on the Singapore-Sydney route as SQ 221 and SQ 222 from March 17, replacing the current Airbus A350-900s.
In a more familiar region, Singapore Airlines will offer a fifth daily flight between Singapore and Bangkok as SQ 706 and SQ 705 from October 1. The service will use Airbus A350-900 widebody aircraft and SQ 706 will depart Singapore at 07:10 before arriving in Bangkok at 08:35. SQ 705 then departs Bangkok at 09:40 before arriving home at 13:05.
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And from March 26, the national carrier will add a fourth daily service between Singapore and Phuket, operated with the Boeing 737-800NG. SQ 726 departs Singapore at 08:30 and lands in Bangkok at 09:20. The return flight SQ 725 then departs Bangkok at 10:10 a.m. and lands back in Singapore at 1:05 p.m.
From March 26 to April 30, Singapore Airlines flies four times a week between Singapore and Osaka, operating Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from SQ 618 and SQ 619. These flights will use the Boeing 787-10. From May 1 to October 28, the frequency will then increase to daily services, which will continue to operate on the same type of aircraft, bringing the service to Osaka to 14 times a week.
Flights between Singapore and Osaka can be found here.
And over in Korea, Singapore Airlines will resume flights to Busan from June 2, offering four weekly flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for SQ 616 from Singapore to Busan. SQ 615 from Busan to Singapore flies on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The route was previously operated by the airline’s Airbus A330-300s prior to the pandemic, but is now operated by Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
The airline will also add a fourth daily service between Singapore and Seoul starting June 1. SQ 612 and SQ 611 will use the Boeing 787-10, with SQ 612 departing Singapore at 02:25 and arriving at Incheon International Airport at 09:50. SQ 611 will then depart from Incheon Airport at 11:20 am and arrive in Singapore around 4:50 pm.
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Frequencies will also be increased in Hong Kong as the airline operates daily flight services of SQ 892 and SQ 893 using the Airbus A380 from March 26. Singapore Airlines will also resume SQ 896 and SQ 897, another daily service, which will operate from October 1 using the Airbus A350-900 medium-haul aircraft. With the addition of resumed flight services, the airline will operate four daily flights to Hong Kong.
You can find flights from Singapore to Hong Kong here.
The final adjustment for Asia will be the increase in flight frequencies between Singapore and Taipei as SQ 876 and SQ 877 will switch from a four-times-weekly service to a daily service starting March 26. The three-weekly service of SQ 878 and SQ 879 will also be expanded to a daily service starting May 31, bringing weekly services to Taipei to 14 times a week, similar to the Osaka route. All flights are operated with the Boeing 787-10.
Although the changes in America and Europe seemed extensive, the adjustments in Asia and Australia are the same. The network changes come as Singapore Airlines sees more robust demand for flights through Southeast Asia, parts of East Asia and Australia. And with these extensive adjustments, the airline is on track to reach and potentially surpass pre-pandemic levels in these regions by March 2024.
The other parts of its global network are equally successful, with Singapore Airlines soon returning to other territories such as West Asia, Africa and not forgetting New Zealand, which has resumed or exceeded pre-pandemic frequency of flights in the South West Pacific.
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