Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Singapore Airlines is set to launch its second A380 service between Singapore and Sydney, effective from this Sunday. The extra 193 seats which will now be provided on each A380 service means that Singapore Airlines passengers will have an additional 140,000 seats available to them to and from Sydney each year. With four daily services between the cities, Singapore Airlines will replace a daily B777-300ER aircraft on the afternoon service from Sydney with the second A380 aircraft. SQ222 will now depart Sydney at 4.30pm daily and arrive in Singapore at 9.40 pm local time. The return flight, SQ231 will depart Singapore at just after midnight and arrive the same day in Sydney at 11.25 am. “The launch of this second A380 service is in response to the growth in demand we are experiencing on the Sydney-Singapore route,” Subhas Menon, Singapore Airlines’ Regional Vice President South West Pacific, said. “As the first airline to fly the A380, we began the super-jumbo services on this same route in October 2007. “This second daily A380 will make travel between Singapore and Sydney easier and more convenient for both business and leisure travellers with onward connecting flights from Singapore, particularly to Europe,” Mr Menon said.Outgoing Sydney Airport CEO, Russell Balding said the new addition would make it easier for Australians to travel to SIA’s hub. “Singapore Airlines made the world’s first commercial A380 flight in 2007 on the Singapore-Sydney route. “In just three years, Sydney Airport has become one of the most A380 intensive airports in the world. The new aircraft has had an exceptionally trouble free introduction into service at Sydney Airport. “With the double daily A380 service from Singapore Airlines, Sydney Airport now handles 84 A380 movements each week with services from Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qantas. “This is all in line with the forecasts made in Sydney Airport’s Master Plan that demonstrate that the introduction of larger aircraft means that passenger numbers can increase in a sustainable way. “To secure the benefits of the A380, Sydney Airport invested $128 million in new and upgraded infrastructure. “Sydney Airport is the National Gateway and is conveniently located just 8 kilometres from the Sydney CBD making it easily accessible for both business and leisure travellers. “The additional passengers flying on this service will also get to experience the benefits of Sydney Airport’s upgraded International Terminal with more space and new passenger facilities including waiting areas, retail outlets, and new passenger processing areas. “Expanding Sydney’s access to the global aviation network strengthens Sydney as a global city and enhances our attractiveness as an international tourist destination,” Mr Balding said.Customers travelling on Singapore Airlines flights will soon be able to stay connected at all times when the carrier launches in flight connectivity in early 2011.