Singapore Airlines will mark its 40th anniversary of operating direct services between Singapore and Osaka by operating daily Airbus A380 flights between Changi International Airport and Kansai International Airport from Friday, August 10 to Wednesday, August 15.
The special daily A380 service, which replaces an existing daily Airbus A330 service, will be the first A380 commercial flight to Osaka Kansai International Airport (IATA code KIX), according to Singapore Airlines.
SIA’s schedule for the six days of special Singapore-Osaka A380 flights will see flight SQ618 departing Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) on August 10 at 12:10 a.m. and arriving at KIX at 7:40 a.m. local time. On the other five days of A380 service, flight SQ618 is timed to leave SIN at 1:20 a.m. and touch down at KIX at 8:50 a.m. local time.
In the other direction, on all six days of A380 flights, flight SQ619 is scheduled to push back from the gate at KIX at 11:00 a.m. and to reach SIN at 4:40 p.m., local time.
Singapore Airlines was the first airline in the world to operate the Airbus A380 superjumbo, in October 2007.
According to SIA, since its inaugural A380 flight to Sydney, Singapore Airlines’ A380 services have proven exceptionally popular, having flown more than 7 million customers, recording high load factors on all routes the aircraft serves.
SIA currently operates A380s to 10 destinations in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Currently, Singapore Airlines has 17 A380s in service and a further two on firm order.
“We are grateful for the continued support of our customers and service partners over the last 40 years of operations between Singapore and Osaka,” says Lim Wee Kok, Singapore Airlines’ regional vice president North Asia. “The special A380 services symbolize our appreciation, and we are delighted to offer our customers the opportunity to experience some of our latest products on board the superjumbo.”
The special A380 service is the latest in a series of activities to commemorate the 40th-anniversary-milestone of SIA’s Singapore-Osaka service. Promotional round-trip fares from Osaka to Singapore and other destinations are also on offer.
SIA has a special commemorative website, www.singaporeair.co.jp/osa40th, where customers can obtain more information. The carrier plans to unveil more offers in the coming months.