The superjumbos will touch down in Australia two weeks after their resumption on the Singapore–London Heathrow route.
With a travel bubble agreement between Singapore and Australia due to be signed as soon as this week and put in place come November, SIA will be bringing another mothballed double-decker Airbus A380 back into service. Singapore Airlines is set to deploy the superjumbo on one of its double daily services to Sydney from December 1, 2021 (the other will be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER) — just in time for the year-end holidays. This marks the restoration of a popular service that was suspended in March 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Aviation enthusiasts will no doubt recall that Sydney was the launch destination for Singapore Airlines’ inaugural Airbus A380, and the first in the world operated by any airline, back in 2007.
In a statement, Louis Arul, the airline’s Regional Vice President for the southwest Pacific, said that SIA had “invested heavily to ensure Australia remained connected to the world” since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, bringing home close to 67,000 Australians onboard nearly 4,000 passenger flights. “With the NSW and Australian border opening up from 1 November,” he added, “the A380 will support even more Australians hoping to reconnect with loved ones ahead of the Christmas period.”
The Sydney-bound A380 service, Flight SQ 231, will depart from Changi at 12:45 a.m. and touch down at 11:50 a.m. Australian Eastern Daylight Time. After a four-hour turnaround, Flight SQ 222 will take off from Sydney at 4:10 p.m. to reach Singapore at 9:20 p.m. that evening. The airline is expecting strong demand from returning Australians in the coming months, especially once a quarantine-free Vaccinated Travel Lane with Singapore takes effect. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recently suggested that visitors may even be allowed back into the country from December onward.