A point of frustration as we bid adieu to the Airbus A380 on Singapore Airlines’ flagship JFK-FRA-SIN route. Is Singapore so stingy or just so successful that it simply will not release first class award space on this route? It’s quite an enigma.
Singapore Airlines A380 Pulled From JFK Route
When Singapore Airlines swapped a 777 for an A380 on SQ24/25 during the pandemic, it was very generous in releasing a glut of saver award space between Frankfurt and New York. But since that initial release, the wells have run totally dry. In fact, they are so dry there is not a single pair of “Advantage” award seats (we are not even talking about saver awards…) on a single day through the end of the schedule upon last check.
You can certainly waitlist on a many days, but waitlists on KrisFlyer awards no longer clear as reliably as in the past and it’s quite a gamble to stake out a trip around the world on a waitlist clearing.
I’m genuinely sorry to see the A380 go, because it has not only been on my bucket list, but has been perched at the very top of my bucket list ever since I flew Air France First Class a few years back. Many years ago I flew in Singapore Suites on the A380, but onboard the old 12-seat configuration and only a (relatively) short flight from Singapore to Melbourne.
Ironically, New York’s loss is Melbourne’s gain, as the the A380 pulled from the New York route as of May 15, 2023 will be placed on the Singapore – Melbourne route.
Don’t misunderstand. I’m not entitled to any award space. I’m not demanding any. But I am a bit perplexed that Singapore seems to be selling $15K+ fares and filling up cabins and yet somehow is going to reduce the size of the first class cabin by 1/3 and swap in a frankly far inferior product on one of its flagship routes?
Our loss is Melbourne’s gain. Perhaps Singapore feels it can fly the round-trip to Melbourne in the time it flies the one-way to New York and that will net more money?
Singapore Airlines is dropping the A380 on its New York (JFK) – Frankfurt (FRA) – Singapore (SIN) service starting on May 15, 2023 for a 777. With flights sold out on many dates and no award space available at all (and I’ve been looking for months…), I guess I am curious how much money Singapore is expecting on its Melbourne service.
Too bad Singapore cannot acquire some used A380s and start building up its A380 fleet…
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