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Singapore Airlines to launch Airbus A380 Flights to Hong Kong

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Singapore Airlines is to launch Airbus A380 flights on the busy Singapore-Hong Kong route.

 The new route, to commence on 9 July 2009, will enable travellers to commute in greater comfort between the two vibrant cities, and enable A380 connections to other popular destinations on the Singapore Airlines network.

Hong Kong will be the fifth international destination and second Asian city which Singapore Airlines operates the superjumbo aircraft to. The airline started operating the A380 in October 2007 to Sydney and subsequently added services to London, Tokyo and Paris.

The daily A380 flights will replace an existing daily Boeing 777-300ER service to Hong Kong. The operation of the 471-seat Singapore Airlines A380 to Hong Kong represents an increase of 10% in seat capacity to the city.

Mr. Huang Cheng Eng, Singapore Airlines’ Executive Vice President, Marketing and the Regions, said, “The operation of the A380 to Hong Kong shows our confidence in the demand for both business and leisure travel between Singapore and the famed ‘Pearl of the Orient’. Hong Kong is a vibrant business hub and at the same time it has much to offer leisure travellers looking for great places to shop, eat and play.”

Following the commencement of the A380 service, SQ862, from Singapore to Hong Kong, will be re-numbered SQ856.

SQ856 will depart Singapore Changi Airport (T3) at 09:45 and arrive in Hong Kong at 13:30. On the return leg, SQ861 will depart Hong Kong International Airport at 16:00 and touch down in Singapore at 19:40.

Singapore Airlines currently operates five daily non-stop flights between Singapore and Hong Kong, along with daily non-stop services between Hong Kong and San Francisco.

Singapore Airlines currently has eight A380s in service, a further 11 on firm order, and options on six more.

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