Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) announced a readjustment of its network for the upcoming Northern Summer flying season, which starts on March 26, 2023, including the news that its Airbus A380 will be no longer serve New York, the United States (US) starting next spring.
The Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)-based carrier indicated that the Super Jumbo, which has been flying to New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) via Frankfurt Airport (FRA) on Flight SQ25/SQ26, will no longer serve the Big Apple from May 15, 2023. Replacing the double-decker aircraft will be the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER.
Meanwhile, the Airbus A380 will be redeployed to routes within Asia-Pacific, as the double-decker will return to Melbourne, Australia following a four-year hiatus. Services to Sydney, where the A380 has also been serving customers, will be upgraded to a twice-daily operation between Singapore and the Australian city. The A380 will replace the 777-300ERs and Airbus A350-900s previously seen on these routes.
“SIA remains strongly committed to the North American market. Even with the above network adjustments, the Airline will operate a higher seat capacity to the United States of America compared to its pre-pandemic levels,” read the airline’s press release announcing the network changes.
According to JoAnn Tan, the Senior Vice President of Marketing Planning at Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY), the company sees “stronger demand for flights to destinations across South East Asia, parts of East Asia, and Australia.”
“As we restore our network to these regions closer to pre-pandemic levels, our customers have even more flight options as they make their holiday plans,” Tan added.
Hong Kong will be another destination that will see the Singapore Airlines’ (SIA1) (SINGY) A380, as from March 26, 2023, the airline will operate Flight SQ892/SQ893 between SIN and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). The carrier will also open a new itinerary between Singapore and Manchester, the United Kingdom (UK) with the Airbus A350-900 from April 2, 2023. Previously, the airline has served the British city with a flight that stopped in Houston, US. The new flight between SIN and Manchester Airport (MAN) will depart twice a week.