Singapore Airlines A380 returns to London Heathrow next month for vaccinated travel lane flights

Oct 14, 2021

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The long-awaited reopening of Singapore to British travellers just became even more exciting with news Singapore Airlines flagship aircraft, the Airbus A380 will return to London’s Heathrow airport from November.

The airline will use their largest aircraft to operate the daily SQ317 departure to Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) from 18 November, which has also been designated as the vaccinated travel lane flight. This means fully vaccinated British travellers can enter Singapore for non-essential reasons for the first time in 18 months.

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The flights will feature the airline’s refurbished four-class configuration with 471 seats, including six luxurious and spacious Suites, 78 business class seats, 44 premium economy seats, and 343 economy seats.

Related: Singapore Airlines resumes retrofitting A380s with new cabins, much-improved suite

Those traveling from the United Kingdom will first need to apply online for a vaccinated travel pass, beginning on 12 October. To travel to Singapore, you must have remained within a vaccinated travel lane country for 14 consecutive days prior to departure.

Visitors will still be required to take two PCR tests (down from four previously). A first test is required within 48 hours of departure to Singapore and a second upon arriving at Changi Airport. Only once a negative test result is received will travellers be able to leave self-isolation. All tourists must also use the TraceTogether app for contact tracing and have mandatory travel health insurance.

Here are the oneway rates for saver awards from London to Singapore using KrisFlyer miles:

  • Economy: 38,000 miles
  • Premium Economy: 64,500 miles
  • Business: 92,000 miles
  • First: 125,000 miles

Related: A guide to Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer loyalty programme for UK flyers

Singapore Airlines was the first airline in the world to operate the double decker A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, some 14 years ago. The plane was a regular at Heathrow airport before the pandemic, usually operating two of the airlines four daily non-stop flights to their hub in Singapore. Its return will be welcomed by aviation enthusiasts and travellers to the Lion City alike.

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