If you’re looking to fly Singapore Airlines’ 777 First Class or A380 Suites, don’t expect to do so next year.
Singapore Airlines sets the availability to zero
Singapore Airlines has just suspended the availability of all First Class & Suites until the end of the flight schedule, which currently runs until the end of February 2022.
To be clear, we’re not just talking about the availability of rewards, we’re talking about all of the inventory, which means you can’t even book these spots with cash. This is despite the fact that Singapore Airlines is showing both four Class 777s and some A380s planned for the next few months.
Prior to this change, Singapore Airlines had blocked all availability until October 31, 2021, which is another several months extension.
777 First Class from Singapore Airlines
Why should Singapore Airlines do this?
You’re probably thinking, “Will Singapore Airlines only fly all of these 777s and A380s, but not sell the top cabin?” No, probably not.
The following is going on:
- Singapore Airlines currently mainly operates A350 and 787 which do not have a first class or suites cabin
- While the airline has operated some 777s with first class cabins, the first class simply wasn’t sold on those flights
- Things are still in the air for Singapore Airlines’ future flight schedule. While things are generally going in the right direction, it looks like Singapore has no plans to open its borders on a broader basis in the coming months, even to those who are vaccinated
The “new” A380 suites from Singapore Airlines
I wouldn’t call the latest Singapore Airlines flight schedule update an airline certainly I won’t be offering first class or suites until next February. However, I would take it to mean that the airline does not have a very optimistic outlook for reopening the borders, which is also not very surprising.
In fairness, Singapore Airlines is likely more conservative than most airlines when it comes to managing expectations, and the airline likely doesn’t want to sell a product that it isn’t sure can offer.
Since aircraft changes are very likely on many routes, this is not a problem in Business Class, as all aircraft offer Business Class. However, the same does not apply to first class or suites.
The “old” A380 suites from Singapore Airlines
Don’t expect A380s to return anytime soon
Singapore Airlines exclusively offers suites for its A380 fleet, and I wouldn’t be surprised if these planes actually didn’t fly for another year or so:
- The airline has 19 A380s, but seven of them are being retired, meaning the airline only has 12 A380s left
- On the plus side, the airline is continuing its project of reconfiguring these planes with new cabins, suggesting the airline will keep these dozen planes
- Since A380s are Singapore Airlines’ highest capacity aircraft, it is very likely that these will remain on the ground even after demand begins to recover. 777 are used first
- Many A380 airlines intend to keep them on the ground for years and I wouldn’t be surprised if Singapore Airlines does too
Who knows when the A380s will return to heaven in Singapore?
Singapore Airlines has blocked the availability of First Class and Suites until February 2022. Given that the airline stopped selling the cabins in March 2020, it means we may be considering nearly two years without Singapore’s premium products.
Of course everything can change – Singapore Airlines is probably cautious here and it is always possible that this availability will be restored. However, this tells me that Singapore Airlines doesn’t expect to fly any of its A380s or most of its 777s for at least another year.
What do you think of Singapore Airlines’ inventory updates?