Here’s when Singapore’s A380s will return to Heathrow

After a more than 18-month hiatus, Singapore Airlines has announced the return of the Airbus A380 to its London services.

Starting from November 19, the superjumbo will be deployed on the carrier’s daily nonstop services between Singapore and London/Heathrow.

The operator last used the A380 for this route on March 28, 2020 when it flew 9V-SKV (c/n 247) on a return flight to the UK hub.

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Singapore Airlines last flew an A380 to Heathrow on March 28. Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory

The following day, the route was downgraded to a Boeing 777-300ER and shortly thereafter, demoted again to the A350-900.

On June 2 this year, following a pickup in international travel, the 777s were added back to the route, replacing the smaller European twinjet.

Mohamed Rafi Mar, Singapore Airlines’ general manager for UK and Ireland, commented: “The return of the A380 to the skies is a positive step towards international travel recovery.

The carriers boasts a fleet of 17 A380s having operated a total of 24 since 2007. Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory

“By bringing the aircraft back to the UK, we are delighted to offer our passengers enhanced travel options between London and Singapore. We look forward to welcoming them on board our aircraft, where they can continue to enjoy comfortable and safe journeys with Singapore Airlines.”

The flag carrier was the first airline in the world to fly the A380 in October 2007 and the first to bring it from the UK in March 2008.

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All of the flag carrier's superjumbos are configured in a four-class layout. Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory

In late 2017, following an extensive four-year development programme, the firm launched a multi-million-pound cabin product upgrade for its superjumbos.

Configured with 471 seats in four classes, the jet features six Suites and 78 Business Class seats on the upper deck, as well as 44 Premium Economy Class and 343 Economy Class seats on the main deck.