Singapore Airlines to start Airbus A380 flights to Beijing

By Chris Chamberlin, June 10 2014

Virgin Australia partner Singapore Airlines is set to begin Airbus A380 flights to Beijing later this year.

From August 1 2014, the A380 will appear daily on SQ802 from Singapore, taking off at 8:30am and reaching Beijing at 2:40pm.

On the return, SQ807 is wheels-up at 4:35pm, touching down in the Lion City at 10:55pm.

Virgin Australia customers will be able to book these flights as VA5544 and VA5553, respectively – maximising the number of points earned on the journey, while doubling as ‘eligible sectors’ in Velocity Frequent Flyer.

Singapore Airlines’ two other daily Singapore-Bejing-Singapore flights will continue to be served by Boeing 777s.

Beijing is the second Chinese city to be served by an SQ A380, following Shanghai which was added to the superjumbo map in October last year.

Singapore Airlines also flies its A380s to Hong Kong, Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne (until October 25), Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo Narita and Zurich.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

n0471895

n0471895

04 Dec 2013

Total posts 3

Great news on the A380s.

In relation to the following statement:

"Virgin Australia customers will be able to book these flights as VA5544 and VA5553, respectively – maximising the number of points earned on the journey, while doubling as ‘eligible sectors’ in Velocity Frequent Flyer"

I am not sure that of the additoinal benefits of booking directly through Virgin.

Aren't Veloicty Members also able to book flights direclty on SQ and  nomiinate their Velocity Frequent Flyer Number to earn eligible sectors and miles for these flights?  

 

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin

24 Apr 2012

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Velocity members can add their Velocity number to Singapore Airlines flights to earn points and status credits, but 'eligible sectors' can only be earned when travelling on a VA-coded flight.

Fortunately, that includes codeshares. ;)

PeterLoh

PeterLoh

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 May 2012

Total posts 581

Booking under a VA number will allow one to accrue eligible VA sectors required for attaining/retaining Velocity Silver (2 VA sectors required), Gold (4) or Platinum (8) status.

PeterLoh

PeterLoh

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 May 2012

Total posts 581

Singapore Airlines also flies the A380 into Shanghai Pudong (PVG).

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin

24 Apr 2012

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Already mentioned in the second last paragraph. :)

PeterLoh

PeterLoh

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 May 2012

Total posts 581

Whoops... I skipped to the last paragraph and didn't see it. ;)

They also do once-off services when demand is high, such as their flight to Nagoya for the Obon festival.

Chris_PER

Chris_PER

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

Total posts 451

Would it not be the third chinese city including hong kong (getting padantic here)?

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin

24 Apr 2012

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Nope.

Hong Kong is run as a separate administrative region from China with its own currency and passport control rules and procedures – by definition, it's not a 'Chinese city', rather an external city-state marking Chinese territory. :)

KK

KK

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Dec 2012

Total posts 103

Overall frequencies will be reduced from 4 to 3.

watson374

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

Total posts 2221

The fourth flight only runs twice-weekly anyway.

seanpodge

seanpodge

05 Jun 2012

Total posts 31

 I thought SQ803 ran a bit more frequently than that, either daily or near daily.

 

 I'm rather dissapointed that SQ803 has been cancelled (including a flight I have already booked for September). Its departure time of 1:15 am was very convient for people such as myself who are connecting from other cities in China and the A333 was always pretty full when I flew it. The early monrning flight means overnighting in PEK and SQ807 means wasting most of the day. There might be glamour in flying the A380 (I'm certianly a fan!) but this feels like a reduction in service to me.

KK

KK

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Dec 2012

Total posts 103

Book SQ825 PVG-SIN next time.

It leaves Shanghai at 0:25 and is operated by A380.

seanpodge

seanpodge

05 Jun 2012

Total posts 31

Will be on it next month, actually. Haven't been to PVG for a while, so that'll be fun. I live in Harbin so PEK is still more convinent for me, though (Unless SQ wants to start flying to HRB, wink, wink!).

 

Will also give kudos to SQ customer staff in their Beijing call centre who, with no fuss whatsoever, switched me over to SQ801, therefore meaning that I don't have to overnight in SIN. Well done! 

KK

KK

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Dec 2012

Total posts 103

I think lots of people in Northeast China make transfer in Tokyo or Seoul, which are more transfer friendly than PEK. 

074061

074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

25 Apr 2013

Total posts 544

I hate how the scheduling of the A380 is not suitable for Chinese leisure travellers wishing to visit the Merlion City - most travellers want to arrive in the morning or at early afternoon and depart at late afternoon or night, which isn't applicable for Chinese travellers on the A380. At least on the HKG route SQ 856 is suitable for Singaporean travellers and SQ 861 is suitable for Hong Kong travellers. Otherwise this is a great addition for both services and plane spotting at Beijing Airport.

qfflyer

qfflyer

26 May 2012

Total posts 150

Do we think the A380 service could be in response to Beijing travellers essentially boycotting MH? 

enojet

enojet

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

03 Apr 2013

Total posts 37

It has certainly payed a role. In fact MH has scaled back their SYD-PEK operations from double daily to daily, SQ will naturally benefit from the reduced Beijing-South East Asia capacity. 

enojet

enojet

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

03 Apr 2013

Total posts 37

*I meant KUL-PEK.


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