For its 2012-13 northern winter operating season, Singapore Airlines will stop flying Airbus A380s to New York JFK but will offer A380 service to San Francisco for the first time.
Singapore Airlines will make a series of network adjustments for its schedule between October 28, 2012 and March 30, 2013. These will include capacity increases on several routes, capacity reductions on others and seasonal aircraft changes.
According to SIA, the adjustments are in line with efforts to redeploy capacity to markets where demand is stronger.
The adjustments will see SIA operating an Airbus A380 on a daily Hong Kong flight which continues to San Francisco, on a seasonal basis between December 28 and March 24. The airline currently operates the flight with a Boeing 777-300ER.
This will increase to two the number of Hong Kong flights which SIA operates each day with the A380, and SIA confirms this will be the first time it has operated the A380 to San Francisco. The Singapore-Hong-Kong-San Francisco round-trip on which SIA will operate the A380 rather the Boeing 777-300ER are the flights SQ2 and SQ1.
However, for the period December 27-March 24, Singapore Airlines will replace the A380 service which it now operates to New York JFK via Frankfurt – flights SQ26 and SQ25 – with Boeing 777-300ER capacity instead.
Additionally, SIA will operate two A380 flights a day instead of one to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, over the period December 28-March 24. It will use an A380 to replace a Boeing 777-300ER service on flights SQ638 and SQ637. Singapore Airlines’ existing A380 service to Narita will continue on to Los Angeles as is the case now.
Elsewhere, from October 28 Singapore Airlines will launch a fourth daily service to Perth in Australia, up from three flights per day.
Also, from this summer, the airline will also increase its capacity to Melbourne by using Airbus A380s for two of its three daily flights, instead of one. This capacity increase will take effect from August 16 and will continue through the northern winter season.
In India, SIA will increase its Mumbai services to 21 per week from 19, from October 28.
As previously announced, the airline is also increasing its service frequency to London Heathrow Airport to four flights a day from three.
Singapore Airlines will also introduce new Singapore-Riyadh-Jeddah flights three times a week, in place of existing services to Riyadh via Dubai and to Jeddah via Abu Dhabi.
SIA is suspending service to Abu Dhabi from late October, and is also suspending service to Athens. At present it operates three times a week to both destinations.
The carrier will reduce its service frequency to both Milan in Italy and Barcelona in Spain to five round-trips a week from seven. Two round-trips will operate on a Singapore-Milan-Barcelona routing, the other three weekly flights to each of the two European cities operating as non-stops.
Singapore-Istanbul services will be reduced to four round-trips per week from five.