Singapore Airlines accepts second Airbus A380
A second Airbus A380 superjumbo, the largest commercial aircraft in the world, has been delivered to Singapore Airlines.
The new A380 will have 471 seats over two levels, just like the first which was delivered to Singapore Airlines (SIA) last October. It too will be used on flights from Singapore to Sydney, allowing rotation of aircraft on this route.
SIA has announced that from April it will introduce a fourth daily service between Singapore and Sydney using a new Boeing 777-300ER. The new 777-300 will offer three classes first class, business class and economy class.
Singapore Airlines is expected to introduce flights from the UK on the A380 when it takes delivery of a third superjumbo from Airbus in late February. The double-decker A380 will fly daily from Heathrow to Singapore.
SIAs first A380 was involved in a minor accident earlier this week. The plane slid off the tarmac at Sydney and onto a grass verge when the hydraulics failed on the truck that was towing it. The flight had to be abandoned and the 446 passengers transferred onto another plane.
Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines has begun operations at the new Terminal 3 at Changi Airport in Singapore. The airline is offering two new luxury airport lounges at the new terminal. The SilverKris Lounge is described as 4,000 square metres of pure luxury, with walls adorned in fine marble and rich timber.
The new airport lounge has separate sections for business class and first class customers, with 410 seats for business class passengers and 131 for first class passengers. Both sections have dining areas, bars, TV areas, and washrooms with showers.
The new KrisFlyer Gold Lounge seats up to 154 customers and offers buffet food stations, TV areas, and free WiFi access.
Written by: Nick Purdom
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