New A380 Route to London

As we reported earlier, Singapore Airlines has already received their second Airbus A380 super-jumbo, and is planning to take the third one by mid March. While the second one currently serves training purposes and completes a few scheduled flights to Hong Kong, in reality she is only waiting for her sister to arrive so they can start to serve the first European route of the A380: London Heathrow directly from Singapore Changi airport.

The first flight with flight number SQ 308 will take off from Singapore at 9:00 am on 18MAR2008 and will arrive in London at 15:05 the same day. Then late afternoon at 18:55 it will head back to the home of Singapore Airlines (SIA) as flight SQ 319 and will arrive to its Asian destination at 15:35 on 19MAR2008. These two flights mark the official launch of the second route served by SIA after Sydney since October 2007 with the first super-jumbo. This will also be the first commercial flight of the A380 involving a European airport.

Following the special first day flights, the schedule will be similar to other flights on similar routes, please see the table below as provided by Singapore Airlines. The first one is about the interim time between 18MAR and 30MAR (the last day of the Winter schedule for the airline industry) the second table shows the schedule for the Summer season.

Scheduled A380 services (Northern Winter 2007/2008)
Flight number Commencement date Departure Time Arrival Time
SQ 322 Singapore-London Daily from
18 March 2008
2320 hours 0525 hours
next day
SQ 317 London-Singapore Daily from
19 March 2008
1100 hours 0740 hours
next day

Scheduled A380 services (Northern Summer 2008)
Flight number Commencement date Departure Time Arrival Time
SQ 322 Singapore-London Daily from
30 March 2008
2330 hours 0555 hours
next day
SQ 317 London-Singapore Daily from
30 March 2008
1155 hours 0745 hours
next day

According to the airline, those passengers who already have tickets for these flighs, will be able to fly on those flights, even though they originally purchased their flights not knowing that it would be served by the A380. Those, who already have a booking but not yet received a ticket for it, “may need to check if there have been changes to their fares as a result of the aircraft change.” In other words, their fares have probably been increased at least due to higher demand on these flights. If you manage to get on board the inaugural London flights (SQ308/319) on 18 March, you will receive personalised certificates recognising your participation in the milestone event, as well as limited edition Singapore Airlines A380 souvenirs and exclusive premium giveaways.

The introduction of this route flown by the A380 also marks the first case when a passenger will be able to connect from a flight on the A380 to another flight, also flown by the A380 if they travel between London and Sydney with a transfer in Singapore. In this case they will actually have to spend almost 13 hours in Singapore, but it may very well be worth it!

by balint01

14 Responses to “New A380 Route to London”

  1. 1 Jennifer Shand February 1, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    If i am on the SQ322 on the 22nd of march will i be on it?

  2. 2 balint01 February 1, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    If you already paid for it and have a valid ticket (paper or electronic), I must confirm that you’re a very lucky person and will have the chance to be on one of the first flights to London with an A380!

    (You can check it yourself if you go to and search for your flight (SIN-LHR) on 22MAR, look for the flight SQ322 among the search results and click on the flight details. The pop-up window will show that the aircraft will be: Airbus A380!!) 🙂

  3. 3 szafi February 1, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    That’s cool 🙂 Please take some photos on board and share it with us! 🙂 Thanks in advance!

  4. 4 Marco February 3, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    my dream to ride an A380!

  5. 5 mark February 18, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    i live in perth australia and ive just booked flights for my mum and niece to travel the a380 leg on lon – sing,,, they are so excited it looks such a pleasurable flying experience,,, im very jealous!!!!

  6. 6 szafi February 19, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    wow, cool! Please ask them to take some pics on board! 🙂

  7. 8 balint01 March 19, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    The official Singapore Airlines information about the first flight with some interesting numbers about passengers (8 of them fly both ways to London and straight back to Singapore…):

  8. 9 Charley Wake July 5, 2009 at 10:04 am

    The A380 is awesome, Im going on the 22:05 leaving London flight. I can’t wait, Singapore airlines said they have stripers on board also! I’M UP FOR THAT, AREN’T YOU?

  9. 10 @quantasboy@ August 18, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    what are the a380 destinations

  10. 11 balint01 August 18, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Hi @quantasboy@:
    you should check out our latest post on this subject: that talks about the current and currently planned A380 destinations.

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