It’s been a while since we had any news of the latest Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 cabin products rolling out to new cities on the network. With the glacial pace of older aircraft refits (only one has been achieved so far this year), the list hasn’t been getting much longer in recent times.
The latest route
Now we have confirmation that Paris is the latest addition to the list, with another refitted aircraft supporting daily services with 2017 Suites and Business Class seats from 1st July 2020.
Singapore Airlines has now loaded the new aircraft type into the schedules, so you’ll see these brand new configurations on the seat map when you book or redeem this route from July 2020 onwards.
Remember a 1-1 seat configuration on the A380 with just six seats in total is the giveaway in Suites Class, while in Business Class if row 97 exists, you’ve got the latest seats.
Here is how the daily A380 flight between Singapore and Paris is scheduled, with summer 2020 timings (these alter slightly in the winter season).
Until 30th June 2020
|Flight||From / To||Aircraft||Seats|
|SQ336||SIN0015 – CDG0735||388||2006 R / 2006 J|
|SQ335||CDG1200 – SIN0650*||388||2006 R / 2006 J|
* Next day
From 1st July 2020
|Flight||From / To||Aircraft||Seats|
|SQ336||SIN0015 – CDG0735||388||2017 R / 2017 J|
|SQ335||CDG1200 – SIN0650*||388||2017 R / 2017 J|
* Next day
The A380 Version 3 remains flying this route until the end of the published schedule, into the winter 2020/21 period in November, so this looks to be a permanent fixture.
The Paris route usually shifts to a 10x weekly Boeing 777-300ER service in the winter season, however schedules published at this stage still reflect A380 Version 3 operation into early November 2020.
The winter 2020/21 schedule can be regarded as provisional at this stage, but we will be monitoring this to see what transpires. It’s possible the route might be switching to year-round A380 service.
Mumbai loses out
If you were looking to secure one of the new Suites or Business Class seats on the Singapore Airlines A380 currently flying the daily Mumbai route as SQ423/SQ424, unfortunately that flight will revert to the older A380 Version 2 from 1st July 2020.
That’s to support these daily Paris flights, which require more than one A380 to operate. This suggests one refitted aircraft and the one formerly used for daily Mumbai services will be used.
In case you missed them, we have comprehensive reviews from our firsthand experience of both the 2017 Business Class and 2017 Suites Class on the new Airbus A380 right here on the site.
Those will help you learn what to expect from these new products if you haven’t flown them before. For the most part, you’re in for a treat!
Here are the one-way redemption rates you’ll pay by cabin class on the Paris route, in either direction, using the KrisFlyer programme for a full flight redemption.
|KrisFlyer Redemption Singapore ⇄ Paris|
|First / Suites||125,000||220,000|
If you already hold or intend to book a firm ticket in an eligible booking class, here’s how many miles it will then cost you to upgrade, assuming saver upgrade award availability in your proposed cabin class.
|Upgrade using KrisFlyer miles
Singapore ⇄ Paris
|Upgrading to →||Premium||Business||First / Suites|
|Existing booking ↓|
(Class: M, H, W)
(Class: Y, B, E)
|Premium Economy Standard
|Premium Economy Flexi
(Class: S, T)
|Business Standard / Flexi
(Class: Z, C, J, U)
As you might expect, saver redemptions in Suites are now very hard (in fact practically impossible) to come by on this route from July 2020 onwards.
Business Class awards on the other hand are available on some dates.
Paris is the second-longest Airbus A380 route for Singapore Airlines, clocking in at up to 13 hours 20 minutes, so it’s nice to see it added to the list of cities served with these latest cabin products installed.
The long overnight flight is perfect for fully experiencing these new seats, and we have a full guide on which of those to pick and which to avoid on the A380 Version 3 here.
Despite the good news, the fact remains that we’re currently seeing only a couple of older A380s per year refitted with these seats, casting serious doubt as to whether SIA will realistically install the new cabins to all its A380s.
With 13 aircraft still to be refitted, the process would take several years at this rate, and the original plan to finish the retrofit work to all 14 older A380 aircraft by the end of 2020 is now a completely impossible schedule.
You can always check our New A380 Suites and Business Class tracker page to see exactly which flights to book or redeem with these latest seats installed, with the caveat of course that last minute operational changes can always occur.