Back in December I posted about Singapore Airlines introducing the Airbus 380 at the end of this month on SQ11/12, which are their flights operating from Los Angeles to Tokyo to Singapore and back. This was both good news and bad news. It was good news because there’s something exciting about seeing more Airbus 380s around, and added capacity is always good for the consumer. Furthermore, Singapore’s cabins on the Boeing 747, which is currently operating the route, aren’t cutting edge anymore. It was bad news because the Airbus 380 features Singapore’s new premium cabins (if they can even be called “new” anymore), and Singapore refuses to release any business or first class award seats to partner airlines if the flight features the new premium cabins.
Nonetheless, back in December when the announcement was made, there were a few days where we could readily book business class on SQ11/12, since the announcement had been made about the switch, but the system still reflected the 747. As a result I made a booking for May, hoping to fly the Airbus 380 in business class.
Anyway, due to decreased demand for travel to Japan, they’ve suspended the switch to the Airbus 380. Instead, the flight will continue to be operated by the 747 through April 15, at which point it will be downgauged to a 777-300ER (featuring Singapore’s new premium cabins) through the end of October.
Anyway, for those of you that did manage to make an award booking on the Airbus 380, be sure to switch your seat assignments now. I initially chose row 17 on the Airbus 380 (which features a lot more personal space), though as soon as I noticed the swap managed to switch to row 11 on the 777-300ER, which might as well be first class based on the amount of personal space. So if you can snag row 11 or 14, by all means go for it before the seats are gone!
Given that the award I booked is the start of “mega trip two,” I won’t be canceling this one, since I have four separate reservations spread across alliances as part of the same trip.