A380 routes likely to not return

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JA

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 Jul 2013

Total posts 68

What were the A380 routes operated by SQ pre Covid that will likely not be operated by A380s post Covid? I’m interested as I didn’t realise they’d kept 12 A380s…I thought they’d kept more.

XWu

Member since 09 May 2020

Total posts 98

AFAIK SQ routes from Oz ports using A380 are from MEL and SYD only (don’t recall BNE)

Their return to these routes and onwards from SIN to other destinations depends on how decimated the LCC industry is on certain international routes to offer as alternative competition

Also those pax not too affected financially by the pandemic will balk less at full fare full services when they return, as the discounts and excursions fares offered by SQ will not be anywhere close to preCovid times

Those pax who are already price sensitive and would fly predominantly on LCCs are also more likely to be financially impacted by the pandemic.

Hence the likelihood of SQ A380 deployment via SIN ironically depends heavily on demand from Oz (the potential next travel bubble) plus whether they (SQ) want to have Scoot flights (owned by SQ). I do not know any other major LCC flying direct to SIN from Australian ports pre 2020 except JQ from DRW.


abudhabi1

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

Member since 15 Jan 2013

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I don't think Scoot will take over most of the AUSTRALIA TO SINGAPORE servives.Adelaide,Perth and Brisbane are the a350 and I would not be surprised if it's a mix of 777-300er and a350 for Melbourne and Sydney.There is a base of Velocity Frequent Flyers who need to get their points on SQ.

patrickk

Qantas

Member since 19 Apr 2012

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I suspect the more minor European cities are most likely keeping London and perhaps Paris westbound and San Francisco and LA westbound via Tokyo. New York maybe A350 long range and normal range. Sydney will remain on the southbound list.

levinn

Etihad - Etihad Guest

Member since 19 Mar 2018

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According to my brother who's a pilot for Singapore Airlines,

A key part of the airline's strategy will be a larger focus on Star Alliance and maybe... AIRFRANCE KLM VIRGIN KOREANAIR too. He is very insistent, that Singapore - Los Angeles will be A380 while United will takeover of San Francisco. Seoul Incheon, Shanghai Pudong and Chennai are the other slot restricted airports.

For Australia, they will not operate as many services to some and for maybe 2 destinations, will match Jakarta's frequencies. He says SQ is very keen to significantly boost Adelaide and Cairns frequencies, which may see either all narrowbody or a mix. And several Star Alliance airlines will takeover some services, and serve SIN - Australia. Before anyone says Turkish Airlines, think about it... EU destination - IST - SIN - AU? Too many stops.

SIN - SYD will be very similar to LHR - NYC today, with SQ having a relationship not unlike Delta's relationship with Virgin.

Watch out for Toronto and Vancouver soon.

patrickk

Qantas

Member since 19 Apr 2012

Total posts 608

Levinn probably right but Turkish airlines could nearly do instanbul to Sydney non stop. Much similar to Perth London.

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