Singapore Airlines A380 soars in Sydney, Melbourne

The superjumbos add more first class options for high flyers bound for Singapore and beyond.

By Chris Ashton, May 18 2023
Singapore Airlines A380 soars in Sydney, Melbourne

More of Singapore Airlines’ flagship superjumbos, with their superlative ‘double bed’ suites in first class, will take Sydney and Melbourne under their wings this week.

And the news is sweet indeed for Melburnians, who’ve waited years for the Singapore Airlines A380 to return to the gates of Tullamarine.

From Tuesday May 16 through to Saturday October 28 2023, the superjumbo – which also sports 78 cocooning business class seats on the upper deck – will replace the Boeing 777 on daily flights SQ228 and SQ237.

Singapore Airlines' A380 first class.
Singapore Airlines' A380 first class.

“It is incredibly pleasing to have the A380 returned to Melbourne to support the strong demand for travel to and from Australia,” notes Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Mr Louis Arul.

“The arrival of this morning’s flight marks the first destination in our Australian network to exceed pre-Covid capacity levels,” he adds.

Meanwhile, from Wednesday May 17 Sydney will be visited by a second daily A380 on flights SQ221/SQ232, in place of the current A350-900 fitted with medium-range regional business class seats.

Singapore Airlines' A380 business class.
Singapore Airlines' A380 business class.

The Sydney upgrade means that three of Singapore Airlines’ four daily flights will feature first class – and of course, those fortunate passengers will also have access to Singapore Airlines’ elite The Private Room at Changi Terminal 3.

Singapore Airlines' The Private Room first class lounge at Changi T3.
Singapore Airlines' The Private Room first class lounge at Changi T3.

The additional A380 flights into Sydney and Melbourne are a sign of renewed confidence from the Star Alliance member, with a Singapore Airlines’ spokesperson noting the carrier is seeing stronger demand for flights to destinations across Australia, South East Asia, and other parts of East Asia.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 May 2015

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When will this be update on the SQ website? 

20 Oct 2015

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They are already showing on the SQ website, not sure why people don't actually look before asking?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 May 2015

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I have checked and on 17th May SQ232 is still showing as an A359 so maybe check yourself 

20 Oct 2015

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May 17 is when the SIN-SYD flight SQ211 moves from an A350 to an A380, and that's an overnight flight, so the SQ232 return leg doesn't become an A380 until May 18.

Have you tried looking at the SQ website?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Jan 2018

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It can be tricky, not really what I'd call intuitive.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 May 2015

Total posts 43

I have checked and on 17th May SQ232 is still an A359

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

20 Dec 2011

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Good.....but !

We are travelling in that time MEL-SIN and back, but on S227 and SQ238

So, no A380 for us ..............

05 Apr 2012

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I have booked MEL-SIN Bus Cl for Oct 3. Will I need to check re new seating upstairs?

20 Oct 2015

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Not sure what you mean by 'check re new seating upstairs', if you're on SQ228 it will have changed to an A380 and all business class is upstairs, but if you had selected a seat in advance on the 777 then yeah, you might want to see if the seat you've been reassigned to is to your liking or if you want to change that.

05 Apr 2012

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Thanks, Gold. I wondered if the seat numbers would change upstairs - but a check with SeatGuru showed they are the same on a 380.

QF

11 Jul 2014

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How Good is That, hopefully by the end of the year things are getting back to normal capacity. 

31 Dec 2014

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I just transferred some miles from VA to SQ and indeed they did appear almost immediately.

I did have to logoff and logon to the SQ website for them to appear. Simply refreshing the browser didn't do the job.


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