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Singapore Airlines has completed its 6th Airbus A380 cabin refit

Singapore Airlines now has a total of 11 Airbus A380s featuring the latest cabin products, which means we should have at least two new superjumbo routes to look forward to soon.

The end of SIA’s cabin retrofit programme for its flagship Airbus A380 fleet is finally in sight, with the sixth refit of the carrier’s superjumbos now completed and pending a return to the operating fleet, leaving only one final refit to go.


After the final one is done, 12 of these aircraft will ply the network with the latest Suites and Business Class products in the years ahead.

Earlier today (7th October 2022) 9V-SKQ undertook its post-modification test flight at Changi, having returned from storage in Alice Springs back in February 2021.

9V-SKQ’s 1 hour 45 minute test flight at Changi earlier today

With an additional superjumbo soon at its disposal, and a withdrawal of the type from one of its existing routes in less than two months from now, the question is where’s next for the popular aircraft and its latest cabin products.

SIA’s Airbus A380 fleet

Singapore Airlines brought its A380s back into service back in November 2021, with a series of flights to and from Kuala Lumpur to get the crew back up to speed on the aircraft, followed by a return to the London route, where the flights benefitted from Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) status on their way back to Singapore.

Here’s the status of SIA’s 12 A380s returning to service post-COVID, including the 10 that are already actively flying again.

Singapore Airlines A380 Fleet
(as of 7th October 2022)

Aircraft Current
Version Fate /
9V-SKM SIN V3^   In Service
9V-SKN SIN V3^   In Service
(V3 pending)
Under refit for
re-entry to service
9V-SKQ SIN V3^ Pending re-entry
to service
9V-SKR SIN V3^   In Service
9V-SKS SIN V3^   In Service
9V-SKT SIN V3^   In Service
9V-SKU SIN V3   In Service
9V-SKV SIN V3   In Service
9V-SKW SIN V3   In Service
9V-SKY SIN V3   In Service
9V-SKZ SIN V3   In Service

^ Refitted from V2

SIN Singapore Changi Airport

With the return of 9V-SKQ to the fleet in the coming weeks, there will be more refitted Airbus A380s flying in the SIA fleet than those originally delivered to the airline with the new cabins in 2017-18 (six refitted, vs. five newly delivered).

New A380 flights on the horizon?

Typically it takes 3-4 weeks for the airline to bring a refitted aircraft back into service, following the post-modification test flight like the one we saw today, so we can expect 9V-SKQ to be making an appearance on the network again by early November.


As we recently reported, Delhi loses its daily Airbus A380 flight from 1st December 2022, with a Boeing 777-300ER deployed in its place.

By December 2022, SIA’s schedule will require nine Airbus A380 aircraft, with eight in almost consistent use and one acting as a spare for operational requirements.

With two additional aircraft at its disposal by then (11 in fleet), there’s potential for at least two additional routes to be part of the mix in time for Christmas.

Singapore Airlines will have 11 A380s at its disposal this winter, enough for a couple more routes to make an appearance. (Photo: Duc Huy Nguyen / Shutterstock)

Adding daily Hong Kong flights and upgrading Shanghai back to daily service, for example, would also allow a second daily Sydney flight to receive the A380, like pre-COVID operation to those cities, or the daily Zurich service to be reinstated with the aircraft, instead of a second Sydney rotation.

Tokyo is also a possibility, with the daily SQ638/637 Narita flight formerly operated by the Airbus A380 pre-pandemic. That flight is currently rostered using the Boeing 787-10, but an upgrade would certainly be music to the ears of Japan lovers eager to return now that borders are finally being relaxed there.

For many of our readers, the best news would be the return of a daily Singapore Airlines A380 Tokyo service. (Photo: Denys Nevozhai)

Hong Kong has also started to relax its borders recently, and before COVID had a regular daily A380 service that slotted into the schedule between long-haul flights, maximising the type’s utilisation.


Before COVID-19, the airline’s A380s have been used to serve a variety of cities it has yet not returned to with the type including:

  • Auckland
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong
  • Melbourne
  • Tokyo
  • Zurich

Unfortunately there simply won’t be capacity in a 12-strong fleet to return to all these places, while maintaining key markets like London, Sydney and New York on the roster, but it would be a fair bet that one or two of those on the list could benefit again soon.

Singapore Airlines is already lifting its London route to twice daily A380 operation from late October. (Photo: Heathrow Airport Limited)

It’t guesswork on anyone’s part at this stage, but stay tuned for the latest, since we’ll be reporting as soon as any new A380 flights are confirmed by the airline.

Confirmed routes

While there’s almost inevitably more to come, here’s where you’ll definitely find the Singapore Airlines superjumbo fleet deployed this winter, based on confirmed schedules at the time of writing.

Singapore Airlines A380 Flights
(as of 7th October 2022)

Current Flights
Route Commenced Frequency
18 Nov 2021 7 x weekly
1 Dec 2021 7 x weekly
14 Mar 2022 7 x weekly
27 Mar 2022 7 x weekly
New York JFK*
27 Mar 2022 7 x weekly
4 Jul 2022 1 x weekly
15 Apr 2022
(ends 30 Nov 2022)
7 x weekly
Future Flights
Route Starts Frequency
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(in addition to SQ322/317)
30 Oct 2022 7 x weekly

* via Frankfurt

In total there will only be 43 weekly Singapore Airlines A380 departures from Changi Airport from 1st December 2022, way too relaxed for an operational fleet of 11 of the type, so do watch this space for future route announcements.

New cabin products

All Singapore Airlines A380 Version 3 aircraft have the latest cabin products, including the new Suites and Business Class seats.

Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class. (Photo: Agent Wolf / Shutterstock)

There’s also a large 44-seat Premium Economy Class section, in the space the Suites cabin used to occupy at the forward main deck.


The aircraft also feature the latest KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Here are our reviews of the Suites (double bed) and Business Class cabins on these A380s.

Fun fact: High quality and heavily customised airline seat products like this don’t come cheap, costing in the region of:

  • Suites: US$500k – US$1m
  • Business: US$150k – US$300k
  • Premium: US$15k
  • Economy: US$5k
Thats per seat, in case you’re wondering!

Older cabin products are not returning

Singapore Airlines confirmed back in November 2020 that all 12 of its Airbus A380s returning to the fleet would feature the latest cabin products prior to re-entry to service, meaning we had already seen the end of the longstanding 2006 Business Class and 2007 Suites from the Singapore Airlines network.

Don’t miss our heartfelt farewells to products we’ll probably all miss, even if they were a little past their prime!

Farewell 2006 Business Class


Farewell 2007 Suites


Farewell 2006 Business Class


Farewell 2007 Suites


‘The 63D trick’ in Economy Class

With more than half of SIA’s operating Airbus A380 fleet being the refitted aircraft, there’s an interesting trick when flying Economy Class to potentially score yourself lots of legroom at no additional cost.

That’s because seat 62D is missing on these jets, because of the location of the underfloor crew rest area escape hatch, whereas the crew rest is in a different location on the five aircraft delivered from new with the latest seats (9V-SKU to -SKZ), so the seat does exist on those ones.

Here’s how it looks (pre-refit, but the space is still there):

Additional legroom in 63D. (Photo: Palo Will Travel)

63D is therefore your go-to seat choice in Economy on the A380 Version 3, with no additional charges, since you will have around a 55% chance of success to score one of the six refitted aircraft that are in service, once SKQ returns to the fold.




Singapore Airlines is on the home straight with its A380 refits now, with only 9V-SKP left to be completed, having been returned from storage in Alice Springs back in June 2022.

That aircraft will hopefully now take SKQ’s space in the hangar and (fingers crossed) we may see it back in action in time for the 2023 northern summer schedule, for yet more flight and redemption options in the latest Suites and Business Class cabins.

In the meantime all eyes are on where Singapore Airlines will send their 11 A380s this winter, with at least two new routes looking to be a likely prospect by December 2022.

And yes, I know… everyone wants it to be Japan!

(Cover Photo: MainlyMiles)



  1. hi Andrew,

    interesting about the economy seat hack, does it also have on SQ Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 777-300ER?

    if not, how is the sweet spot on those two airplane? thanks !

  2. Once the Airbus A380 cabin refit program is complete, apart from key markets (i.e., London (Heathrow), New York (John F. Kennedy) via Frankfurt, Sydney), I also hope that Tokyo (Narita) (SQ 637 / SQ 638 pairing) will be featured on the airline’s Airbus A380 network once more. I have a strong gut feeling that Tokyo (Narita) could be one of those two additional cities that could see its return.

    1. I don’t think that’ll be possible since seven Airbus A380s have been retired from the fleet and 12 aircraft post-pandemic would be insufficient to serve more routes like these.

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