With 24 A380s, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has the second-largest A380 fleet in the world. However, it appears that this fleet will be grounded until December. Starting in December 1st, SIA will operate 13 daily A380 flights to:
- SYD (2x daily)
- LHR (2x daily)
- JFK (via FRA)
SIA plans to bring back the A380 on its PEK route in January 2021.
There are two routes which won’t see an A380 return for the foreseeable future:
- NRT will be serviced by two daily 777 flights
- MEL will be serviced by four daily 777 flights
Update: We do see one flight on December 4, 2020 from SIN to NRT that will be operated by SIA’s new A380, but after this single flight we don’t see the A380 on this route.
The SIN to NRT route was serviced by SIA’s new A380 – it will be interesting to see if these aircraft make an appearance on another route.
It’s not surprising that SIA will be slow to bring back its A380s. The Singapore Government has essentially closed the country’s borders to visitors, resulting a sharp decrease in air traffic. It’s unclear when visitors will be welcomed back, and until then SIA’s operations have been nearly completely halted. In 2019, SIA operated over 100 flights per day out of SIN. Today, it operated five.