Singapore Airlines' flagship Airbus A380 is once again bound for Sydney, with daily flights from December 1 as the airline increases its capacity ahead of Christmas and in readiness for an Australia-Singapore travel bubble.
As it happens, Sydney was SQ's first – indeed, the world's first – A380 destination back in 2007, but there's equal reason to celebrate its return in 2021.
"With the NSW and Australian border opening up from 1 November, the A380 will support even more Australians hoping to reconnect with loved ones ahead of the Christmas period" says Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President, Louis Arul.
"Today's announcement is another exciting step on the road to recovery."
That road is expected to include a quarantine-free travel bubble or 'vaccinated travel lane' between Australia and Singapore by November, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison saying the two countries could sign an agreement as early as next week.
Singapore Airlines' A380 will feature on these daily flights from December 1:
- SQ231, Singapore- Sydney: departing Changi Airport at 12.45am to reach Sydney at 11.50am
- SQ222, Sydney-Singapore: departing Sydney at 4.10pm, arriving at Singapore's Changi Airport at 9.20pm
Seats on each flight are expected to go on sale early this afternoon, Friday October 22 – and the A380 is crowned by the airline's latest first class cabin, where each of the six spacious suites is more like a room.
Not that the 82 flatbed business class seats deserve any apology...
Singapore Airlines will continue its other daily Singapore-Sydney service (SQ211/SQ212) with a Boeing 777-300ER, alongside a Boeing 787-10 (SQ241/SQ242) running three days a week, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The Star Alliance member is expected to launch more A380s back into the skies over coming months, with the carrier running a series of 'shakedown' flights of the mothballed superjumbos from November between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, in what will stand as the world's shortest Airbus A380 flights.