SINGAPORE, Mar 8 (AFP) - Singapore Airlines (SIA) said Friday it will increase capacity on several routes in South Asia and China this year by deploying larger Boeing B777 planes and progressively phasing out its Airbus A310-300 fleet.
“The progressive phasing-out of the A310-300 fleet also means additional B777 services, and consequently, additional capacity on several routes,” SIA said.
Seating capacity on B777 aircraft ranges between 288 and 332, compared to the 183 seats in an A310 plane.
From May 1, SIA said it will launch a thrice-weekly service to Bangalore in southern India using a B777. Bangalore will be the fifth Indian destination for the carrier, which already services Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and Calcutta.
SIA said it will also replace the B747-400 aircraft it currently uses on the Mumbai-Manchester route with the B777.
Capacity to Guangzhou in China and Dhaka in Bangladesh will also be increased with the use of a B777 from July 1 for the daily flights to these cities.
For other destinations such as Male in Maldives, SIA said flight frequencies will be reduced from seven A310 flights per week to five, but passenger capacity will increase with the new aircraft.
In Indonesia’s Surabaya province, the nine A310 services per week will be replaced by six B777 flights, also resulting in higher passenger seats.
From March 30, SIA said it will increase its flights to Paris to seven times a week from the current six.