SINGAPORE : Singapore Airlines is upgrading aircraft deployment on selected flights from Singapore to Mumbai and New Delhi.The A-380 would operate daily to both Mumbai and New Delhi with effect from 30 May, 2014, taking over from two daily flights that currently serve each city using the smaller Boeing-777s.Another daily flight would continue to be operated with B-777s. In total, 14 flights would serve each city per week, an airline statement said.The Airbus A380 can seat 471 passengers in three-class configuration (12 first-class suites, 60 business class and 399 economy class seats). The A380 also has 30-inch-wide business-class seats.
At present only four airports – Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore – have the required infrastructure for handling A380 operations.The super jumbo can accommodate up to 853 passengers in a single-class configuration.
Lee Wen Fen, senior vice president marketing planning, Singapore Airlines, said: “We have been keen to operate the Airbus A380 to India and are glad that the Air Services Agreement between Singapore and India now allows us to do so.”“India is a particularly important market for Singapore Airlines and we are very pleased that more of our customers will soon be able to experience the spaciousness and comfort of the world’s largest aircraft.”
Delhi and Mumbai join the airline’s existing network of A380 destinations, which currently includes Sydney, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo and Zurich.