Singapore Airlines will launch Airbus A380 service to Los Angeles in March as part of a service increase across parts of its network during the northern-hemisphere summer period from March 27 to October 29, in response to continued growth in demand.
The airline will operate its SQ12/SQ11 round-trip service on the Singapore-Tokyo Narita-Los Angeles route with A380s from March 27. Singapore Airlines currently operates the route with Boeing 747-400s. Los Angeles will be the eighth destination from Singapore that SIA will serve with A380s.
Using an A380 to operate its Tokyo-Los Angeles route will mean Singapore Airlines replacing an A380 on a second daily Singapore-Tokyo round-trip (flight numbers SQ638 and SQ637) with an Airbus A330.
SIA is also planning to launch a new three-times-weekly service, SQ68/SQ67, to Sao Paulo in Brazil via Barcelona in Spain during the northern summer period. Sao Paulo will be Singapore Airlines’ first South American destination. The new service, which SIA will operate with Boeing 777-300ERs, is subject to Brazilian regulatory approval.
Service frequencies will also be increased on select SIA services between Singapore and points in North Asia, West Asia and Europe. Singapore Airlines is adding four weekly flights on its Singapore-Taipei route, bringing SIA’s total weekly round-trips on the route to 18.
The additional round-trip will operate as SQ880/SQ881, departing Singapore’s Changi International Airport (SIN) at 1:30 a.m. and arriving at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport (TPE, also known as Chiang Kai Shek International) at 6:15 a.m. local time. The return flight will depart TPE at 7:30 a.m. and reach SIN at 11:55 a.m. local time. With the new service, SIA will be serving the route will with morning, afternoon and evening flights.
Services between Singapore and Male in the Maldives will also be increased, with SQ462/SQ461 operating three times a week to increase SIA’s total weekly service frequency on the route to 10 round-trip flights. (The airline already operates a daily overnight service on the route.)
The new daytime flight will depart Singapore at 9:50 a.m. and arrive at Male International Airport (MLE) at 11:15 a.m. local time. The return flight will depart MLE at 12:30 p.m. and reach SIN at 8:15 p.m. local time.
Singapore Airlines will also increase its services to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport (KIX) to twice-daily from 10 times per week, with SIA operating four more round-trips as SQ616/SQ615.
Flights between Singapore and Athens, as well as those between Singapore and Rome, will operate three times per week from end-June 2011 to October 2011, up from SIA’s current twice-weekly frequencies on the routes. These flights respectively operate as SQ398/SQ397 and SQ366/SQ365.
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