SIA reduces SYD & MEL A380 services

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 22, 2014
SIA will reduce its Sydney and Melbourne A380 services from May 30.(Rob Finlayson)
SIA will reduce its Sydney and Melbourne A380 services from May 30. (Rob Finlayson)

Singapore Airlines will down-gauge one of its two daily Airbus A380 services to Sydney from May 30, and will permanently down-gauge its daily A380 service to Melbourne in response to operational requirements for the larger aircraft elsewhere.

While both cities will retain four daily return services from Singapore, the daily SQ231 service which departs Singapore at 12.45am and arrives in Sydney at 10.25am, and the return SQ222 service which departs Sydney at 3.15pm and arrives at 9.40pm will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER until October.

And from October 26, the daily SQ227 A380 service from Singapore to Melbourne and the return SQ228 will be replaced by a 777-300ER.

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9 Comments

  • Dee

    says:

    Seems the Sand Storm that has effected QANTAS may be hurting SIA as well.

  • Cooper

    says:

    I doubt this has anything to do with the Middle East carriers. It’s think it’s more of the international travel boom is over.

    Even the Chinese carriers are reducing capacity

    • australianaviation.com.au

      says:

      It should be noted that SIA hasn’t said anything about reducing capacity overall – the A380s are being redeployed elsewhere, most likely in a growth market.
      Cheers
      Andrew

  • Mick

    says:

    So MEL will have no SQ A380 service?

  • Tony

    says:

    Yet Singapore Airlines plan on using an A380 into Auckland from January 2015.

  • Andrew

    says:

    Reduced competition from QANTAS maybe – so now they can use them elsewhere to fight another battle?

  • Ben R

    says:

    Being used into AKL codeshared with Air New Zealand, so no battle there

  • David Carter

    says:

    Singapore Airlines and Changi airport are being bypassed by technology. The Gulf states are better situated to be hubs between Australia and Europe and Africa than East Asian airports such as Singapore. All that was needed were the planes that could fly the first 12,000km leg from the Australian east coast. Now we have those planes. Singapore is also being bypassed in other ways. The extraordinary efficiency of planes such as the 787 is accelerating the shift from hubs to direct flights. There is now less and less need for people to transit Singapore. And that must be impacting on A380 passenger loads. It was a plane developed to claim the long-haul crown of the 747 only to appear when there was a strong trend to smaller aircraft flying more frequently to more destinations. The new king of long haul is the 777, the new princes the 787 and A350.

  • Philc

    says:

    Ithink you may find these aircraft will end up on Indian routes

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