Singapore Airlines announces London and Hong Kong as next two routes for new A380 cabin products

Hong Kong may be best opportunity to try new business class seat at saver prices.

Singapore Airlines’ new A380 cabin products will be launched on the London and Hong Kong routes from the middle of February, making it three destinations in total served by the new A380s.

Fred had a chance to review SQ’s new suites around Christmas, and I’m hoping to do my own review around March. In the meantime though, here’s two more routes on which you might want to hunt for award space:

London

SQ’s press release is confusingly worded and omits certain details, so I’m going to try to explain things in the form of a table:

Starting date in bracket Singapore to London London to Singapore
Monday SQ305 (19 Feb-2 Apr)
SQ317 (9 Apr)
Tuesday
Wednesday SQ322 (21 Feb)
Thursday SQ305 (22 Feb-5 Apr)
SQ317 (12 Apr)
Friday SQ322 (16 Feb)
Saturday SQ305 (17 Feb- 31 Mar)
SQ317 (7 Apr)
Sunday SQ322 (18 Feb)
  • SQ322 departs from SIN at 2345 and arrives in LHR at 0555 the following day
  • SQ305 departs from LHR at 0910 and arrives in SIN at 0605 the following day
  • SQ317 departs from LHR at 1055 and arrives in SIN at 0750 the following day

Hong Kong

Starting date in bracket Singapore to Hong Kong Hong Kong to Singapore
Monday
Tuesday SQ860 (20 Feb-3 Apr)
SQ856 (10 Apr)
SQ863 (20 Feb-3 Apr)
SQ861 (10 Apr)
Wednesday SQ860 (21 Feb-4 Apr)
SQ856 (11 Apr)
SQ863  (21 Feb-4 Apr)
SQ861 (11 Apr)
Thursday
Friday SQ860 (23 Feb-6 Apr)
SQ856 (13 Apr)
SQ863 (23 Feb-6 Apr)
SQ861 (13 Apr)
Saturday
Sunday SQ860 (18 Feb- 1 Apr)
SQ856 (8 Apr)
SQ863 (18 Feb-1 Apr)
SQ861 (8 Apr)
  • SQ856 departs from SIN at 0955 and arrives in HKG at 1355
  • SQ860 departs from SIN at 0825 and arrives in HKG at 1225
  • SQ861 departs from HKG at 1545 and arrives in SIN at 1945
  • SQ863 departs from HKG at 1410 and arrives in SIN at 1810

What’s the award space situation like?

First and business class Saver space are all but absent on the London route. It’s actually been known for a while that SQ would indeed select London for its new A380 products, and saver space was accordingly blocked. If you look hard enough, you can find the odd date with First Saver space available for waitlist, but this is the exception rather than the rule. If you’re willing to splurge for Standard, you’ll find much better availability.

Prices in screenshot reflect roundtrip First Saver award space

The good news is that if you’re willing to have a shorter cabin experience, Hong Kong space seems to be wide open especially in business class. We were able to find numerous dates with instantly confirmable saver space:

Prices in screenshot reflect one way business class saver

I’m thinking of booking a short trip to Hong Kong for the express purpose of reviewing the new business class, followed by a review of the new Suites to Sydney around end March. I’ve gone on record as saying I’m not completely overwhelmed by SQ’s new suites, but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited to try them.

The good news is that  if you’re able to do things last minute, and I really mean last minute, saver waitlist seems to open up for SQ221 to Sydney about a day beforehand. For example I can see saver space for tonight’s flight to Sydney. I suppose you’d need to waitlist and call them right away to get it cleared but still…

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Melvsim

Does this mean that SQ322 will sometimes return as SQ305 and sometimes as SQ317? Conversely, this means the SQ306 will then return as the other flight?

What happens during those dates in the gap: 3-8 Apr on Mondays, 6-11 Apr on Thursdays and 1-6 Apr on Saturdays? Surely the A380 that goes out as SQ322 has to come back as one of the flights?

Peter

Wow I’m lucky. Already booked on SQ 860 to fly in August thinking it would be the old A380 (which is fine with me since I’ve never flown) and now with this new news, looks like it would be the new one!

Marcus

Damn it, looks like i will miss out on the new suite by a few months 🙁
( I am flying SQ305 in mid July )

Ed

Thanks!

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