In late November 2021, Singapore Airlines has restarted services to India as part of Singapore opening up the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) with India. As a part of the Vaccinated Travel Lane, only vaccinated people can get on specific VTL-designated flights, and they can arrive in Singapore without the requirement to quarantine on arrival. VTL flights operate from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai to Singapore from India.
Singapore Airlines brings back the A380 to India
Singapore Airlines has announced the return of its Airbus A380 to India after a 20-month break in services. The world’s largest passenger aircraft will operate on SIA’s VTL services from Mumbai and Delhi, complete with the Airline’s redesigned First Class Suites
Starting January 10, 2022, the A380 will replace the Airbus A350-900 on the SQ 424/423 VTL services between Mumbai and Singapore. Beginning February 14, 2022, SIA will operate the A380 in place of the Boeing 787-10 on the SQ 406/403 VTL services between Delhi and Singapore.
The Singapore Airlines A380 is configured with 471 seats in four classes: six Suites and 78 Business Class seats on the upper deck and 44 Premium Economy Class and 343 Economy Class seats on the main deck.
The six semi-private Suite cabins offer unparalleled privacy and luxury, complete with privacy doors, an independent swivel chair and a stand-alone bed with hotel-style evening turndown service. Four of the Suites can also be combined to form double Suites for couples travelling together. Suites passengers are offered a choice of Dom Perignon or Krug Champagnes, sleeper suits and premium amenities from Lalique, and meals served on fine linen and Wedgewood China.
The new Business Class seats can be combined to create fully lie-flat double beds, all forward-facing and direct aisle access. All cabins enjoy award-winning cuisine, extensive inflight entertainment, and the famous Singapore Airlines cabin crew service.
On this occasion, Mr Sy Yen Chen, General Manager India, Singapore Airlines, said,
The return of the A380 to India is a special occasion for us as this superjumbo aircraft has always been a popular choice for our customers. Ever since we resumed operations from India, we have seen a steadily growing demand for our VTL flights to Singapore. We are confident that the A380, with its larger seat capacity, will be the preferred choice for our customers seeking comfortable and safe quarantine-free travel to Singapore from both Mumbai and Delhi.
The A380 will provide more space and privacy in all classes, featuring bespoke elements designed especially for the Singapore Airlines customer. We look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard the world’s largest passenger aircraft, where they can once again enjoy our world-class product and services, including our most luxurious Suite cabin.
SIA currently operates 48 weekly services from 8 cities across India. These include daily VTL services from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
The A380 operation on the Delhi service will be suspended for a month from March 27 to April 30, 2022. From May 1, 2022, the A380 will return on the Delhi flights through to late October 2022, including designated VTL services for all Singapore-bound sectors.
There is ample availability for Singapore Airlines First and Business Class seats on most dates. However, you can only redeem them with Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles, for the time being, it seems. A regular reader reported almost no availability for the points-based seats with United Mileage Plus Miles.
Singapore Airlines is bringing India back into the A380 network, resuming operations of the A380 to Mumbai in January 2022 and Delhi in February 2022. Both the flights will operate as VTL flights, which means arrivals in Singapore will not be required to quarantine on arrival.
What are you most excited about for the SQ A380 experience from India again?
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