Yes I realise that, at time of writing, only eligible travellers can book flights to Sydney, Australia.

But two of the world’s finest airlines are vying with one another as to which will be first to restart A380 service to Sydney.

Having spent some time today trawling the airlines’ websites, I can confirm Singapore Airlines will be the winner because of the time difference and the shorter flight sector.

Both carriers launch daily A380 services on December 1.

SIA’s A380 schedules are:

  • SQ231 departing Singapore at 0045, arriving into Sydney at 1150
  • SQ222 departing Sydney at 1610, arriving into Singapore at 2120

While for Emirates its A380 schedules are:

  • EK 414 departing Dubai at 0200, arriving into Sydney at 2230
  • EK415 departing Sydney at 2145, arriving into Dubai at 0515 the following day

The Emirates news was confirmed yesterday by its country manager in Ireland Enda Corneille.

Now some readers may wonder why am I writing about flights which start from a different point outside Europe?

It’s simply because both carriers are leading sixth-freedom airlines and they depend on transfer passengers (from various nations) to fill their aircraft.

The above flights are now available for booking. Both carriers will be deploying three-class A380s (economy, business and first class) for these services.

Yes I realise not everyone will be able to book these flights but for those who can there is the possibility (as was the case pre-pandemic) of being able to fly right through from Europe to Sydney on an A380.

True SIA is only operating its A380 out of London from next month but Emirates has already added A380 services to several European points, including London Heathrow and Manchester.

Singapore Airlines to resume A380 flights to the UK

All information is correct at time of writing. But as these are unusual times be prepared for changes.,