Singapore Airlines plans to ramp up services, including restoring Airbus A380 services between Singapore and Frankfurt, as the carrier continues it post-Covid recovery.

The expanded network will affect the northern summer 2024 operating season, from 31 March 2024 to 26 October 2024.

Singapore Airlines said it was able to add capacity thanks to “strong demand for air travel to its key markets”.

The plan includes restoring Airbus A380 services to the German financial capital, deploying widebody Airbus A350-900 medium-haul aircraft on services to Cairns and Male, reinstating direct services between Singapore and Barcelona.

This, the airline said, would see it increasing flight frequencies to pre-pandemic levels across multiple regions and exceeding them in some.

Destinations that will reach or exceed pre-pandemic levels of flight frequencies include Ahmedabad (India), Beijing and Shanghai (China), Copenhagen (Denmark), Da Nang (Vietnam), Darwin, Melbourne, and Perth (Australia), Dubai (the United Arab Emirates), Tokyo-Haneda (Japan), and Seattle and Houston (the United States of America).

JoAnn Tan, senior vice president for marketing and planning at Singapore Airlines, said: “With the release of SIA’s Northern Summer schedules, our customers can plan ahead and start to make their travel plans for 2024.

“Our customers will be able to enjoy greater choice and flexibility when they travel with us, as SIA continues to adjust and expand our network in response to demand patterns.”

In June, Panasonic Avionics announced that it would help deliver unlimited free Wi-Fi for Singapore Airlines  customers, beginning in July 2023.

Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight connectivity services are powered by its global network of high-speed, high-bandwidth satellites. SIA’s in-flight connectivity experience will deliver a host of next-generation connectivity benefits, the carrier said.

‘In-flight connectivity is paramount to airlines’

John Wade, vice president of Panasonic Avionics’ In-flight Connectivity Business Unit, said: “In-flight connectivity is paramount to airlines and their customers, and the expectation is that they get the same service in the air as they do on the ground – everything from email, web browsing, and surfing social media.

“We are honoured to be a part of Singapore Airlines’ vision to offer simply the best in-flight experience. This announcement is just the latest example of our mission to work with industry stakeholders to enable passengers to connect in flight easily and affordably.”
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