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Singapore Airlines swaps aircraft between India and Australia

April 28, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Singapore Airlines is switching two of Boeing B777-300 ER serving India with two Airbus A380-800s deployed in Australia.

One each of the airlines B777-300ER on Delhi and Mumbai route (night departures) will be replaced with a a double-deck, wide-body four-engine jet Airbus A380, each from Sydney and Melbourne and vice versa.

Ms Lee Wen Fen, Senior Vice President Marketing and Planning,  Singapore Airlines, said in its press release earlier in the month CHR_TTR_Banner UK_March14(300x250px)that: “We have been keen to operate Airbus A380 to India and are glad that the Air Services Agreement between Singapore and India now allows us to do so.”

India’s civil Aviation ministry had lifted the ban on flying Airbus A380 into India in late January.  Singapore Airlines, the first airline to fly A380 will now the first to bring the super jumbo to India.

A380 will fly daily out of Mumbai and Delhi from 30 May. Singapore Airlines’ second dailies during the day from these two cities will continue to be serviced by B 777-200 ERs. These aircraft have 285 seats; 255 in economy and 30 in business class.

Sunil Kumar R, Acting President, Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) and CEO, Travel World, said: “Singapore Airlines is smart in launching A380-800 services to India. It’ll be an opportunity for many passengers to try the super jumbo’s services for the first time.  Singapore is a popular destination for Indian tourists. But high hotel room rates are prohibitive. The airline might be looking to carry Indian traffic beyond Singapore on long haul routes and may succeed in converting some transit passengers into inbound tourists. The aircraft’s business class is compared with first class of other aircraft. Business community trying this for the first time can get hooked onto this service available at a better price.”

The single daily Singapore Airlines service between Melbourne and Singapore will be replaced by the B777-300ER. The airline runs a twice-daily A380-800 service between Sydney and Singapore, and one of those routes will be picked up by the B777-300ER. Boeing’s Extended Range aircraft has 278 seats; 228 in economy, 42 in business and 8 in first class.

Singapore Airlines’ A380-800 is configured with 399 economy, 60 business and 12 first class seats making it a total of 471.  The airline along with its subsidiary Silk Air flies 107 flights a week to India.

India’s growing air passenger traffic is expected to triple to 452 million by 2020.

Written by : Anand & Madhura Katti

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