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Singapore Airlines to add fourth daily Tokyo Haneda service, fly A380 to Osaka

19 Jul 2018 by Craig Bright
Singapore Airlines' B777-300ER

Singapore Airlines is boosting its services to Tokyo this December with the carrier set to offer a fourth daily flight to Haneda Airport, bringing its total number of flights to the Japanese capital up to six a day.

Along with its current three daily flights to Haneda Airport, Singapore Airlines also flies twice a day to Narita Airport.

The new service, operating as SQ630 and SQ639, will take off on December 28 this year, using the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The schedule is as follows:

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
SQ630 Singapore (SIN) Tokyo (HND) 1725 0100+1 Daily
SQ639 Tokyo (HND) Singapore (SIN) 0230 0915 Daily

While the majority of the flights Singapore Airlines operates to and from Tokyo are flown by its B777-300ER, it’s worth pointing out that one of these is flown by its Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner – the only aircraft in its fleet currently equipped with its new regional business class seat (pictured below) – while another is operated by its Airbus A350-900.

Singapore Airlines' new regional business class seat on its B787-10

Both the B777-300ER and the A350-900 feature an older Singapore Airlines business class seat (pictured below), though it is still a good quality product.

Singapore Airlines business class (B777-300ER)

Meanwhile, from October 28, 2018 to March 30, 2019, Singapore Airlines is also going to fly its double-decker A380 superjumbo on its Osaka route.

As with Singapore Airlines’ Tokyo route, its Osaka service also features the B787-10 Dreamliner – the route was the first to see the new aircraft back in May this year and the aircraft has since been deployed on a second daily flight to Osaka.

However, during this period flights SQ618/SQ619 will lose the B787-10 in favour of the higher-capacity A380, meaning only one of the daily flights will offer the new regional business class seats.

Unfortunately, the A380 that will be flying to Osaka doesn’t appear to be one of Singapore Airlines’ newest superjumbos, which have been reconfigured and come with a different, new business class seat, along with new first class suites and economy seats.

Singapore Airlines’ new A380: All classes reviewed

That being said, there are positives. The old-configuration A380s have 12 suites in first class as opposed to the new-configuration aircraft’s six. And, as with the B777-300ER, the business class product they do offer is still very good.

This is the schedule for the A380-operated flights between Singapore and Osaka:

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
SQ618 Singapore (SIN) Osaka (KIX) 0130 0845 Daily
SQ619 Osaka (KIX) Singapore (SIN) 1100 1710 Daily

Singapore Airlines’ increase in flight frequency to Japan follows news that it will begin flying non-stop to Los Angeles starting November 2 this year.

Singapore Airlines currently flies to Los Angeles via Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul, but announced it would be axing its Seoul-Los Angeles flight starting November 30.

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