AviationSingapore Airlines will deploy smaller aircraft on the Hong Kong travel bubble to potentially kickstart safe travel on a bigger scale.

Starting small, but thinking big to restore flying

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Starting small, but thinking big to restore flying

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be operating its smaller aircraft for the Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble, according to latest media reports.

Channel News Asia reported that SIA executive vice-president of commercial Lee Lik Hsin, during a virtual briefing, said that the airline will not be deploying an Airbus A380 for the two-way air travel bubble due to “some level of conservatism” from the authorities.

“We are obviously very keen to make the bubble a success but of course, we do have to take into account the various considerations that the Government… will have in approving such a bubble and being experimental, we can expect some level of conservatism,” Lee was quoted as saying.

While the start date of the bilateral air travel bubble remains unconfirmed, SIA’s CEO Goh Choon Phong said that the air travel bubble will serve as a good pilot of how travel can be opened up in a safe manner, supported by advances in Covid-19 testing regimes.

“We believe that the continual investment in all these tests schemes, as well as test approaches, would further ease travel going forward,” Goh was reported as saying.

The SIA Group also suffered its bigger-ever quarterly loss—S$2.34 billion (US$1.74 billion) alone in the second quarter—and closed a record net loss of S$3.47 billion for the first half of FY2021.

Its cargo demand has been boosted from areas like pharmaceuticals, perishables, and e-commerce sale days, while the airline is stepping up its passenger services.

Singapore Airlines has restarted its non-stop service to New York, and will in the coming months gradually reinstate flights to places such as Brunei, Kathmandu, Male, Fukuoka, Johannesburg and Penang.

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