Singapore Airlines’ new A380 aircraft, with its eagerly awaited new cabin products, departed on an inaugural flight between London Heathrow and Singapore Changi Airport at 09:10 GMT on Saturday 17 February.
To mark the event a light show took place on the tarmac as the aircraft landed at Heathrow, followed by a dragon dance performance for passengers at the Singapore Airlines check in counters and at the flight’s departure gate, in celebration of Lunar New Year.
Initially, the A380 aircraft will operate as SQ322 (Singapore-London) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and from 17 February 2018 to 5 April 2018, it will operate as SQ305 (London-Singapore). Then, with effect from 7 April 2018, the new aircraft are scheduled to operate as SQ317 (London-Singapore) on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Singapore Airlines’ new cabin products were publicly unveiled in November 2017, and had their international debut on 18 December 2017 flying from Singapore to Sydney, following delivery of the first of five new A380s being acquired from Airbus. The new cabin products will initially be fitted to the five new aircraft, following which retrofit work will commence on 14 aircraft that are already in service.
Singapore Airlines unveils new cabin products
The introduction of the new cabin products – in Suites, Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class – follows four years of development involving extensive customer feedback.
The new cabin products seat up to 471 customers in four classes, with six in Suites, 78 in Business Class, 44 in Premium Economy Class and 343 in Economy Class (see below for specifications).
From 18 February 2018 the new A380s will also be deployed on services to Hong Kong, with additional destinations due to be revealed in the coming months.
Sheldon Hee, Singapore Airlines, General Manager of UK & Ireland said: “It is a great pleasure to celebrate the inaugural flight of Singapore Airlines’ new A380 from London Heathrow. The aircraft comes fitted with all of our fantastic new cabins, including the luxurious first class Suites.”
“Bringing the new A380 and new cabins to London so soon after their launch is all part of our continued commitment to the UK market – it was only fitting to do so nearly 10 years after Singapore Airlines debuted the first A380 aircraft at Heathrow back in 2008!”