NEW DELHI, April 8 – Singapore Airlines will start flying its Airbus A380 to New Delhi and Mumbai from May 30, making it the first to operate the jumbo jet in India, after the country lifted a ban on landing the aircraft here.
“We have been keen to operate the Airbus A380 to India and are glad that the Air Services Agreement between Singapore and India now allows us to do so,” said Singapore Airlines Senior Vice-President Marketing Planning, Lee Wen Fen in a statement.
The A380 superjumbo would operate daily to both Mumbai and New Delhi with effect from May 30, 2014, taking over from two daily flights that currently serve each city using smaller Boeing 777s, said the carrier.
Another daily flight would continue to be operated with B777s. In total, 14 flights would serve each city per week, it said.
“India is a particularly important market for Singapore Airlines and we are very pleased that more of our customers will soon be able to experience the spaciousness and comfort of the world’s largest aircraft,” she said.
Singapore Airlines was the first airline in the world to operate the A380 when it was put into service in October 2007 between Singapore and Sydney.
The superjumbo now also serves Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo Narita and Zurich.