SINGAPORE Airlines’ A380 has returned to Melbourne, with the airline welcoming its flagship aircraft back to the city for the first time since January 2020.
The arrival of SQ237 at 9:30 this morning marked a milestone for Singapore in Melbourne, with the flight taking the airline’s operations to 110%, compared to the last time the aircraft flew the route.
The A380 will operate daily between Singapore and Melbourne between now and 28 October.
Singapore Regional Vice President South West Pacific Louis Arul said the additional capacity injected into the Melbourne market will support the robust demand over the peak summer holiday period.
“It is incredibly pleasing to have the A380 returned to Melbourne to support the strong demand for travel to and from Australia,” he said.
“The arrival of this morning’s flight marks the first destination in our Australian network to exceed pre-COVID capacity levels, which underlines the popularity of Victoria.
“I am sure our customers are pleased to see the hugely popular aircraft back at Tullamarine and we look forward to welcoming them on board.”
Melbourne Airport Chief Executive Officer Lorie Argus said the return of Singapore’s A380 service represents a vote of confidence in the Victorian market.
“Singapore Airlines was one of the few carriers that continued to fly into Melbourne throughout the pandemic, and we are pleased to see them reaffirming their commitment to Victoria again today,” she said.
“The A380 is a passenger favourite and has more than 200 extra seats than the Boeing 777 it is replacing on this service.
“This extra capacity is a huge win for consumers and with one-stop connections to an impressive range of destinations in South East Asia, India and Europe, we’re confident these A380 flights from Melbourne will prove a popular option.”