Singapore Airways pulls Airbus A380 — and its well-known Suites — from JFK

U.S. vacationers are about to lose entry to one of the luxurious merchandise within the sky.

Singapore Airways plans to drag its Airbus A380 from its fifth-freedom flight between New York John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) and Frankfurt (FRA), the airline mentioned Tuesday.

It’ll function the JFK flight with a Boeing 777-300ER as an alternative. The airline mentioned it had modified the gear with a view to add extra A380 service between Singapore and Australia.

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Whereas the gear change means a discount in capability — Singapore’s 777-300ER seats 264 passengers, in comparison with 471 seats on the A380, it additionally signifies that Singapore’s flagship Suites product will now not fly on any U.S. routes.

Singapore’s Suites product is a novel cabin above top quality and is just obtainable on the A380. The suite creates a personal, particular person cabin for every passenger, full with a sliding door, a chair, and a separate standalone mattress. The dividing wall between suites can be lowered, turning the mattress right into a double for {couples} touring collectively.

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Singapore additionally presents a “common” top quality cabin on a few of its plane, together with the 777-300ER that may begin flying to JFK. Whereas these seats are extra-wide and supply some privateness within the type of a partition that partially blocks the seat from the aisle, there is not any closing door. Non-Suites top quality passengers nonetheless get pleasure from the identical service and the remainder of the comfortable product, together with Singapore’s “Guide the Cook dinner” possibility that permits passengers in premium cabins to pre-order their meals.

The airline usually makes use of the A380 on key routes from Singapore to locations in Australia, Asia and Europe. Nevertheless, Singapore has additionally used the double-decker on its JFK-Frankfurt service, which continues on from Frankfurt to Singapore (SIN).

Though award availability on JFK-FRA may be intermittently sparse, it was typically potential to fly the Suites for simply 86,000 Singapore Airways KrisFlyer miles and roughly $130 in taxes and costs.

The change is scheduled to enter impact on Might 15, 2023, so there’s nonetheless time to attempt Singapore’s final top quality product out of the U.S.

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