SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): The long-grounded Airbus A380 planes from Singapore Airlines (SIA) will return to passenger service soon after being grounded for more than 1 ½ years.
SIA said on Thursday (Oct 14) that it will resume A380 operations from Nov 18 on one of its non-stop return services between London and Singapore.
The jumbo plane will fly from Singapore to London as flight SQ322, and return as flight SQ317.
SQ317 is a designated flight from London that will ferry vaccinated travellers coming into Singapore under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme. Travellers from the United Kingdom can tap the quarantine-free travel scheme from Oct 19.
Explaining the move to reactivate the Airbus A380, SIA said: "With the inclusion of UK in the VTL arrangements, SIA has seen strong passenger demand for services to and from London towards the year-end holiday season.
"The A380 has always been a popular choice for our customers and we look forward to welcoming our customers on board the aircraft once again."
SIA said it will deploy the A380 on an ad-hoc basis on short-haul services prior to deploying the aircraft for flights to London.
It added that it will remain nimble and flexible in deploying capacity to markets in response to demand.