|Note 4th July 2019: Singapore Airlines has loaded the new A380 Version 3 aircraft with the 2017 seats on this route from 1st January 2020 onwards.
The earlier A380 aircraft refit from August 2019 was instead used to Mumbai.
In three weeks from now, Singapore Airlines Airbus A380s will once again become a regular sight at Tokyo’s Narita airport, following a two and a half year gap since SQ11/12 flights from Singapore to Los Angeles via the Japanese capital switched to the Boeing 777-300ER in October 2016.
As we highlighted in our article from December last year, the superjumbo is set to make a return to the Tokyo route from 27th April 2019, replacing a Boeing 787-10 on one of two daily flights for the summer 2019 season.
Originally due to revert to the 787-10 from late October 2019, Singapore Airlines has now made the change permanent, meaning there will soon be an A380 with a Suites cabin flying from Singapore to Tokyo every day on a year-round basis.
Suites you say?
This is where it gets even more interesting. We have been reliably tipped off that this A380 service, starting later this month with the A380 Version 1, will be served by an aircraft with the brand new Suites and Business Class seats from August 2019.
With the existing five A380 Version 3 aircraft remaining assigned to their current flying program this summer (London, Sydney, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Zurich), that can mean only one thing. The first refitted SIA A380 will finally be in service in around four months’ time.
The Tokyo-Narita route is currently flown with a daily Boeing 777-300ER and a daily Boeing 787-10 flight.