With travel recovering across the world, the plane that had been written off as an oversized relic when Covid-19 devastated aviation has been enjoying an unlikely revival. To handle the overwhelming rebound in air travel with a stretched workforce, some airlines have turned to the A380 as a solution.
Various airlines have brought their A380s out of storage and given them a new lease of life, to keep up with the recent surge in international travel demand. According to a recent article published by the Centre for Aviation (CAPA) in July 2022, the number of A380s in service has been rising quickly and will continue to do so this year. In the Asia-Pacific region, 22 of these aircraft were in service in July and the number will continue to climb through the rest of this year. In particular, Singapore Airlines, the first airline to fly the A380 back in 2007, is currently the region’s largest operator of A380s, with 10 in service.
While plane spotters might rejoice at the higher chance of spotting the superjumbo at Changi, what does this mean for the airport and how different is it to turnaround such a large aircraft, compared to a normal wide body plane? Changi Journeys finds out.