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Singapore Airlines announces schedule through to March 2023

More Bali, Los Angeles and Paris, but less Bangkok, Cairns and Darwin.

Here's our network-wide breakdown of the latest update to Singapore Airlines' flight schedules for the November to March period.

Singapore Airlines has finalised its flight schedules including days of operation and aircraft type allocation across its network for the upcoming northern winter travel season, which means we now have a firm idea of where and when the carrier will be flying through to the end of March 2023.

Although flights for this period were already loaded for some time, many frequencies and aircraft types in particular were based on a ‘copy-paste’ of the pre-COVID schedules, and therefore weren’t necessarily accurate until now.

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An additional daily Airbus A380 to and from London is on the cards, as we recently revealed, while there’s a third daily Bali flight from November and double-daily Paris services in the pipeline from December.

Some capacity reductions are planned, however, including a drop from five to four times daily for Bangkok flights, and a slimmed-down schedule to both Cairns and Darwin.

Singapore Airlines will operate twice daily Airbus A380 flights to London Heathrow this winter. (Photo: Heathrow Airport Limited)

The overall passenger network will stand at 72 destinations for the mainline carrier this winter, with around 65% of pre-COVID capacity by flight volumes restored.

Headline figures

In total Singapore Airlines will fly over 1,680 passenger flights per week by March 2023, its highest total since schedules were slashed in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s around 65% of the pre-pandemic monthly total operated on the combined SilkAir / SIA network in January 2020. SilkAir has now been fully merged into SIA.

Singapore Airlines’ fleet now includes former SilkAir Boeing 737-800s. (Photo: Dillon Chong)

Singapore Airlines schedule

Here’s how the flight frequencies and aircraft types on the short-haul and Asia network will look during the upcoming season, which starts on 30th October 2022 and runs through to 25th March 2023.

Aircraft types key:

  • 359 MH: Airbus A350 Medium Haul
  • 359 LH: Airbus A350 Long Haul
  • 359 ULR: Airbus A350 ULR
  • 388: Airbus A380
  • 738: Boeing 737-800
  • 77W: Boeing 777-300ER
  • 787: Boeing 787-10
  • 7M8: Boeing 737-8 MAX
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Singapore Airlines Routes
Short-haul & Asia

(Nov 2022 – Mar 2023)
City Month(s) Acft
Nov ’22

Mar ’23
Ahmedabad 5/wk 359 MH
Bangkok   28/wk
(was 35/wk)
359 MH
359 LH

Bengaluru   16/wk
(was 7/wk)
738
359 MH
Brunei 5/wk 7M8
Chennai 17/wk 7M8
787
Cebu
(via DVO)
7/wk 7M8
Chongqing 1/wk 787
Cochin 14/wk 7M8
Colombo   7/wk
(was 4/wk)
359 MH
Da Nang 7/wk 7M8
Davao 7/wk 7M8
Denpasar
(Bali)
  21/wk
(was 14/wk)
787
Dhaka 9/wk 359 MH
738
Delhi 14/wk 388
787
Fukuoka   3/wk
(was 2/wk)
787
Hanoi 14/wk
359 MH
7M8
Ho Chi Minh   19/wk
(was 14/wk)
359 LH
359 MH
787
Hong Kong   7/wk
(was 14/wk)
77W
Hyderabad   7/wk
(was 11/wk)
359 MH
7M8
Jakarta   35/wk
(was 28/wk)
359 LH
77W
Kathmandu 9/wk 738
7M8
Kolkata 7/wk 7M8
Kuala Lumpur 44/wk 359 MH
359 LH
738
7M8
Malé 14/wk 7M8
Manila 28/wk 359 MH
787
Medan 3/wk 738
Mumbai 16/wk 359 MH
359 LH
388
Nagoya 3/wk 787
Osaka   14/wk
(was 7/wk)
787
Penang 14/wk 7M8
Phnom Penh 21/wk 7M8
359 MH
Phuket 28/wk 7M8
Seoul   21/wk
(was 14/wk)
359 MH
787
Shanghai 1/wk 388
Shenzhen 1/wk 359 MH
Siem Reap 7/wk 7M8
Surabaya 7/wk 738
77W
Taipei   7/wk
(was 3/wk)
787
Tokyo Haneda   14/wk
(was 7/wk)
359 MH
Tokyo Narita 14/wk
77W
787
Yangon   7/wk
(was 4/wk)
738
Total 523/wk
 

The latest updated schedules including days of operation are available at the Singapore Airlines website.

On the short-haul network there’s a reduction in Bangkok flights from five times daily to four, with the early morning SQ706/705 flights removed from the schedule for the winter season.

Surprisingly, the airline’s seat capacity to and from Bangkok this winter is only 60% of pre-COVID levels, despite full border reopening.

Hong Kong and Hyderabad also see frequency cuts, though there are significant increases seen for Bengaluru, Denpasar Bali, Seoul and Tokyo.

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Many of our readers will be particularly pleased to see a third daily Boeing 787 Bali flight on the cards, with a reintroduction of the early morning SQ936/937 service, hopefully adding to award redemption opportunities on this popular route.

Singapore Airlines will be operating 337-seat Boeing 787-10s three times every day to Bali from 30th October 2022.

Kuala Lumpur remains the most frequently served route by the airline network-wide, with 44 weekly services in each direction, around two-thirds of pre-COVID frequencies.

Here’s how the long-haul and Australia network looks during the winter season.

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Singapore Airlines Routes
Australia & Long-haul

(Nov 2022 – Mar 2023)
City Month(s) Acft
Nov ’22 Dec ’22

Mar ’23
Adelaide   7/wk
(was 5/wk)
7/wk 359 MH
Amsterdam 7/wk 7/wk 359 LH
Auckland   11/wk
(was 7/wk)
11/wk 359 LH
77W
Barcelona
(via MXP)
5/wk 5/wk 359 LH
Brisbane 21/wk 21/wk 359 MH
Cairns   3/wk
(was 5/wk)
3/wk 7M8
Cape Town
(via JNB)
7/wk 7/wk 359 LH
Christchurch 7/wk 7/wk 359 LH
Copenhagen 5/wk 5/wk 359 LH
Darwin   3/wk
(was 5/wk)
3/wk 7M8
Dubai 7/wk 7/wk 359 MH
Frankfurt 14/wk
14/wk 359 LH
388
Houston
(via MAN)
4/wk 4/wk 359 LH
Istanbul 4/wk 4/wk 359 LH
Johannesburg 7/wk
7/wk 359 LH
London 28/wk 28/wk 359 LH
388
77W
Los Angeles 10/wk   14/wk 359 LH
Los Angeles
(via NRT)
7/wk 7/wk 77W
Manchester 4/wk 4/wk
(5/wk*)
359 LH
Melbourne 28/wk 28/wk 359 MH
77W
Milan 7/wk 7/wk 359 LH
Munich 7/wk 7/wk 359 LH
New York JFK 7/wk 7/wk 359 ULR
New York JFK
(via FRA)
7/wk 7/wk 388
Newark 7/wk 7/wk 359 ULR
Paris 10/wk   14/wk 77W
Perth   21/wk
(was 17/wk)
21/wk 359 MH
787
Rome 3/wk 3/wk 359 LH
San Francisco 14/wk 14/wk 359 LH
359 ULR
Seattle 3/wk 3/wk 359 LH
Sydney 28/wk 28/wk 359 MH
388
77W
Vancouver 3/wk 3/wk 359 LH
Zurich 7/wk 7/wk 77W
Total 313/wk
321/wk
 

* Manchester served five times weekly between 31st December 2022 and 14th January 2023.
The latest updated schedules including days of operation are available at the Singapore Airlines website.

There’s a small reduction in services to both Cairns and Darwin for the upcoming winter season, with each route set to be served by the Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft only three times per week.

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However, Adelaide lifts to daily service, with more Auckland flights too including four-class Boeing 777-300ERs, as we recently reported.

Non-stop Los Angeles and Paris flights also get a boost from December 2022, to double-daily in each case. These cities will then enjoy an impressive 156% and 140% of pre-COVID capacity respectively, with Los Angeles also retaining its service via Tokyo.

SIA’s Paris route gets 140% of pre-COVID capacity this winter. (Photo: Mika Baumeister)

There will likely be some further changes to the winter schedules, including some potential peak period frequency hikes announced closer to the time.

Christchurch confusion

Despite listing daily Airbus A350 Long Haul flights to and from Christchurch, New Zealand, in its schedule, Singapore Airlines is not offering revenue or award tickets on these services from 30th October 2022 to 31st January 2023 inclusive, at the time of writing.

Normal availability appears again from 1st February 2023.

This issue does not affect other routes, suggesting that Singapore – Christchurch may be set to operate seasonally.

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The route was recently hiked from four to seven times weekly service, effective from 30th June 2022.

Update 28th July: Singapore – Christchurch availability has now been loaded for daily flights throughout the November 2022 to March 2023 period.

“Fifth freedom” routes

Singapore Airlines will continue to operate four “fifth freedom” routes during the winter season, on which it has traffic rights to sell tickets to passengers travelling solely between these cities.

  • Frankfurt to New York JFK (Airbus A380)
  • Manchester to Houston (Airbus A350 Long Haul)
  • Milan to Barcelona (Airbus A350 Long Haul)
  • Tokyo to Los Angeles (Boeing 777-300ER)
Cheap intra-Europe Business Class on SIA’s “fifth freedom” BCN-MXP route

Note that it is not possible to buy or redeem tickets to travel solely on the following Singapore Airlines routes:

  • Johannesburg to Cape Town
  • Cape Town to Johannesburg
  • Davao to Cebu

On these flights, you must be travelling to or from Singapore.

SIA still has not programmed a return of its Singapore – Hong Kong – San Francisco flights since these were suspended in January 2022, after Hong Kong banned transit passengers.

SIA’s popular and historic Singapore – Hong Kong – San Francisco route isn’t returning this winter, under current plans. (Photo: Plane’s Portrait Aviation Media / Malcolm Lu)

Indeed frequencies on SIA’s non-stop Singapore – Hong Kong flights are being cut from 14 per week to just 7 per week for the winter season, a sad state of affairs when you consider the airline was operating 49 wide-body flights a week on the route (i.e. 7 per day) prior to the pandemic.

Which routes are left?

With 72 destinations across the Singapore Airlines and former SilkAir network now reinstated, it’s interesting to consider which cities or airports are still to be added to the list (or not, as the case may be).

Here’s the latest rundown.

  City / Airport
Pending reinstatement
(SIA route)

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  • Beijing
  • Busan
  • Guangzhou
  • Moscow
  • Sapporo (seasonal)
Pending reinstatement
(former SilkAir route)

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  • Bandung
  • Chengdu
  • Xiamen
Transferred to Scoot