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